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Aerospace engineer of 41 years before retiring in 2013, Nigel Jewkes now spends much of his time on his allotment and updating his YouTube channel, MuddyBootz, which has nearly 7000 subscribers. KG wanted to find out more
‘Charlotte’ seed potatoes chitting

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The allotment site contains 17 full-size plots and eight half-size plots, and is managed by the local city council. I am the site secretary. When I obtained my plot, soft fruits were the primary crop grown in 60cm (2ft) wide beds with gravel paths separating them. I redesigned the layout completely, ripping everything out and started creating raised beds using reclaimed scafold boards.he main growing area now comprises a dozen 2.4x1.8m (8 x 6ft) beds, with a few other permanent beds created around the boundaries (strawberries, asparagus, lowers). I practise a four-year crop rotation cycle. he soil was poor and undernourished so I double dug all of the main beds and used six tons of well-rotted cow manure as a base lining.he topsoil was replaced and this raised the level to the top of the boards. his creates superb moisture retention, which proved invaluable during the long hot summer of 2018. he crops flourished with no extra watering required. I tend to rest the beds over the winter months, except for a few crops of leeks and purple sprouting broccoli. During the autumn

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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!