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MAKE MERRY WITH ELDERBERRIES

The hedgerows around my allotment are dripping with bunches of purple-red elderberries (Sambucus nigra). Elderberries are rich in lavonoids and are an abundant source of Vitamin C: good for colds and wintry chills. During autumn I gather buckets full of berries to make infused spirits, wine, tonics and teas.

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Welcome to Kitchen Garden Magazine In this issue: HINTS FOR HAPPY HARVESTING Joyce Russell has some great pointers to help you hone your harvesting skills DAMSON DELIGHT Fruit expert and nurseryman David Patch extols the virtues of damsons NEW VARIETY ON TRIAL This month we look at two new beetroot varieties And much more!

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The humble potato is an awesome crop, producing hefty hauls of tubers suitable for any number of culinary uses. Growing them is a given, but for many gardeners the best way to store them is less clear. Benedict Vanheems shares some advice on keeping potatoes safely stashed
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Growing crops takes lots of nutrients out of your soil. Green manures offer a natural way to put something back explains KG editor Steve Ott
Historic gardens can hold important lessons for today’s gardeners pondering how to adapt to increasingly unpredictable weather conditions in their own allotments and veg patches, says the National Trust
Each autumn Stephanie Hafferty takes advantage of the elderberries growing in abundance near her allotment. Here’s what she does with them
Small is beautiful this month, as Anna Cairns Pettigrew presents a range of delicious and nutritious dishes you can serve up in a bowl
Vampires beware! Rekha does not grow a few garlic bubls, she grows a quaeter of a plotful!
A little bit of serendipity l exotic edibles enthusiast Sally Cunningham, to sample a particular variety of fuchsia that produces sweet berries
Though you might be tempted to do smash and grab when it comes to harvesting, a little care is key, says Joyce Russell Pictures: Ben Russell
If you’re looking for a fruit tree that stands up well to the vagaries of the UK climate, then consider the damson, says David Patch
This spring KG editor Steve Ott sowed two recently introduced beetroot varieties, each with promises of improved flavours and performance. Read on to discover his verdict
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LAST WORD
These are difficult times for nature. KG editor Steve Ott explains how our gardens and allotments can help turn the tide