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KG PROBLEM SOLVER

BERRY BLUES

I had planned to email last summer regarding my blueberries. The first few photos are from last year and show a bush which was full of fruit which withered and died. I did lose two plants last year. We have extended it this spring and planted four new plants, all the same variety but one of them looks like it is dying and the pink blueberries at the other end don’t look too healthy. They are planted into ericaceous soil and then topped with cuttings from my conifers to serve as a mulch and keep the soil acidic. The healthy plants give lots of fruit but I can’t understand why some are dying.

Lynn Shilton, Bedworth

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine! In this issue: TRIED AND TASTED – PEA ‘SWEET SAHARA’ KG editor Steve Ott brings you his verdict on this recently introduced mangetout THE BEANS OF YOUR DREAMS Sue Stickland travels to Warminster to meet a grower with a passion for heritage beans VEG OF THE MONTH – ORIENTAL CROPS ✪ Our top tips for success with oriental crops – mainstay of the autumn veg garden And much more!

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YOU & YOUR PLOT
TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN AUGUST BY JOYCE RUSSELL
STEP 1: If cobs are small and there is still pollen
• Harvest your crops regularly when they are at their
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National Allotment week is August 12-18…so we thought we would celebrate by bringing you some anecdotes from contributors and readers. Do write in and share your stories
We are officially launching our annual competition in this month’s issue. We have made a few changes this year to the competition and included four categories for you to enter. See below for details and what you could win.
Ever considered creating your own gardening club in your local area? Justine Dixon from Hook in East Yorkshire did just that. Lincoln University journalism student Emily Collins caught up with her to get the lowdown on how she did it and how you can do it too
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KG editor Steve Ott brings you his verdict on a mangetout pea for those with a sweet tooth
Sue Stickland visits Beans and Herbs and speaks with Pippa Rosen, an organic seed producer who specialises in unusual and heirloom beans
Relatively new to the UK gardening scene, oriental veg offer a fast way to fill your plot with late season pickings, says KG editor, Steve Ott
We dig into the world wide web to harvest great websites, blogs and tweets
With harvests in full swing, bare patches can start to appear on the plot this month. Why not fill some space with a truly useful veg – autumn sown onions, says KG editor Steve Ott
There’s more to lettuce than summer salads, says Rob Smith, as he takes a look at options for harvesting this crop from late summer into early spring
Warm up this coming winter with a hearty… salad? You betcha! There’s a plethora of super-hard, super-satisfying winter salads to tuck into over the colder months, says Benedict Vanheems, and now’s the time to sow them
This is one of the most popular herbs you can grow and it has so many uses. Emma Rawlings says make room for some thyme in your garden
Flower pounding is fun, says Stefanie Hafferty. It’s also a simple way of making flower and leaf prints, a lovely way of using natural materials to create beautiful botanical images
Don’t be short of a bite to eat, says Wendy Pillar, especially when there are tasty and nourishing weeds we can eat without even sowing a seed
This growing season we are following five gardeners from different parts of the country. Each of them, plus the KG team, is growing the same selection of seeds. Why not grow along with us and compare notes
This month Graham Strong’s allotment comes into its own, offering up its bounty for all the hard work completed so far
When it gets to August, Rekha’s little bit of ‘the good life’ is ready for some more harvesting
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It is important to make sure that fruit trees have sufficient water, particularly if the summer is a hot one. David Patch explains why water is so important and what we can do to conserve it around our fruit trees
This month we turn the spotlight on a new lettuce which has been grown in space. KG editor Steve Ott grew it to see if it was as worthy of space back on plant Earth
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RECIPES
Go meat and dairy-free this month with these delicious vegan dishes created by resident chef Anna Cairns Pettigrew, with tomatoes, grapes and courgettes bringing the taste of summer to your table