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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

Simon Crawford of Burpees Seeds is the UK’s most successful and prolific breeder of new tomato varieties. In this issue he offers his top tips for growing crops outdoors

Tomatoes remain one of the most popular crops for the home gardener in the UK, perhaps because of their adaptability to different environments or perhaps because nothing beats picking and eating a fully ripened tomato from your own plant. For those gardeners who lack a greenhouse or polytunnel, growing tomatoes outdoors is the only option and this can present a particular set of issues, not least of which is tomato blight. Modern varieties and newer growing methods have made the culture of outdoor tomatoes easier because of earlier ripening and improved disease resistance, offering gardeners a number of alternatives for growing them inexpensively at home.

”Modern varieties and newer growing methods have made the culture of outdoor tomatoes easier”

Transplant your seedlings into small pots after about 14 days from sowing
Indeterminate or cordon varieties require regular side-shooting and trimming
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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: On the Veg Patch Joyce Russell’s top March jobs include planting onion sets and potatoes, sowing and buying in pollinating plants and strawberries In the Greenhouse Yorkshire-based gardener Martin Fish pots citrus, harvests curly kale, pricks out tender crops and sows seeds in the border Rekha's Garden and Kitchen Diary (New Series) In her first KG article Rekha, former contestant on BBC’s The Big Allotment Challenge, takes us through her gardening month And much more!