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YOU SAY TOMATO…

KG production editor Pauline Hawkins looks back over a summer of endless sun, and never-ending tomatoes…

You see them all the time in the supermarkets… nicely shaped, ruby red, similarly sized, perfectly presented and packaged. Some are UK grown (depending on the time of year, of course), others are incomers from Holland and Spain.

The humble tomato – so often delightful to gaze upon, less exciting to the taste buds when massproduced to superstores’ rigid regulations. How hard can it be to grow tasty toms of your own and fight back at the uniformity of plasticcovered purity?

In our case, stopping the foliage taking over the garden proved to be the hardest part. It all began serenely enough in the spring with a tiny packet of free seeds with a copy of Kitchen Garden. As the seedlings began to peep through the soil in small pots on the windowsill, little did we know what monsters we were harbouring under our roof.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: A Joy of Summer Veg expert Rob Smith has some top tips for success with courgettes every time Brilliant Brassicas! Former head gardener Sue Stickland explores our changing attitudes to brassicas and the many exciting new varieties available Flights of Fancy Gardener and nature enthusiast Ben Vanheems encourages us all to make room for butterflies on our plots And much more!