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PLOT PASSION UNWAVERING

It seems like only yesterday while sitting at this computer that I received an email from Kitchen Garden magazine.This was an email like no other, announcing as it did our totally unexpected success in the KG Passionate Plotter Competition for 2016.

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WELCOME
Having struggled through a long, chilly UK winter,
YOU & YOUR PLOT
JOBS FOR THE MONTH
TASKS FOR YOUR VEGETABLE PATCH IN APRIL BY MARTIN FISH
ON THE VEG PATCH
STEP 1: Young plants of summer cabbages can be planted
IN THE GREENHOUSE
■ Buy healthy young tomato plants if you haven’t raised
WHAT’S NEW?
ALL THE LATEST NEWS, PRODUCTS & FACTS FROM THE WORLD OF KITCHEN GARDENING
HAVE YOUR SAY
CONTACT US WITH YOUR LETTERS AND TIPS: TFLANAGAN@MORTONS.CO.UK
KG PROBLEM SOLVER
GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP
PEAS
Your guide to common pests, diseases and other problems affecting your crops
PARADISE ON A PLOT
This month we feature our runner-up in our Passionate Plotter competition, Val Brown from Liverpool. Val always dreamt of having a smallholding and now she is retired her allotment is a dream fulfilled
GET GROWING
ON THE PLOT WITH THE 3 MUDKETEER
The KG twam offer chat, tips and gardening gossip
CUT FLOWERS FROM YOUR PATCH DAHLIAS
If you’re looking to add a vibrant splash of colour to your vegetable garden, you can’t go wrong with dahlias, and they are impressive as a cut flower too
HERBS UNLIMITED
Martin Fish visits a herb farm in North Yorkshire to see what started off as a one-woman band 25 years ago is now a large and expanding enterprise employing over 45 staff
GOING JAPANESE
Looking to make your salad bowl sing this year? Then grow some oriental salad leaves, says KG’s Tony Flanagan
KEEP THOSE PODS POPPING!
Peas are a great crop to grow in the vegetable garden, with newbies and experienced gardeners alike dedicating patches of land to this versatile crop. Organic veg grower Rob Smith has some great freezer-filling tips
GROW A POULTRY GARDEN
Growing your own chicken food will not only save you money but also ensure your feathered friends have a healthy and nutritious diet. Julie Moore explains
SEEDS OF ITALY
Inspired by London’s Borough Market, Paolo Arrigo, director of Franchi Seeds of Italy, offers his top picks of what to sow now
VIVA L’ITALIA
Style and good taste are synonymous with Italy. And it doesn’t get any tastier than Italian cooking. Benedict Vanheems reckons it’s time we all nurtured a corner of Italy in our gardens
TEA’S UP
A nice cup of tea is always welcome but how about growing your own? It is possible in some parts of the country, as Sally Cunningham explains
MAKE ROOM FOR RHUBARB
A plant sometimes overlooked is rhubarb. Here professional nurseryman and fruit expert David Patch raises the profile of this delicious crop
STAY FUR & FEATHER FREE
Gardeners love wildlife, but patience can be stretched when furry or feathered neighbours take their toll on precious produce. KG’s Steve Ott has some top tips to help you live in harmony with nature (and neighbourhood pets)
SPEARS OF JOY
Asparagus has always commanded a high price in the shops, yet it is very easy to grow. KG editor Steve Ott explains how, with little patience, you can produce your own high-quality harvest hats
DIARY DATES
VISIT A SHOW, TAKE A TOUR, ENROL ON A COURSE
TOP 10 WAYS TO REDUCE PLASTIC IN THE GARDEN
Increased plastic use and its effect on the environment is a hot topic so Emma Rawlings takes a look at how we can reduce our reliance on plastic in the garden
MAKE A FOLDING GREENHOUSE BENCH
A workbench may not be an option if you don’t have a lot of space in your greenhouse or polytunnel. So how about a folding one instead? Joyce Russell shows you how
WHAT TO BUY
INSTANT SAVERS
GREATPRODUCTS AT SUPER VA LUE PRICES!
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SLUG & SNAIL DETERRENTS
With slugs and snails just about everywhere maybe it’s time to think about some deterrents you could use. Here are a few the KG team have been trying out
READER OFFERS
EXCLUSIVE SAVINGS TO HELP MAKE YOUR MONEY GO FURTHER
GIVEAWAYS
TO ENTER OUR GIVEAWAYS SEE PAGE 105 OR VISIT THE KG WEBSITE
TASTY TREATS FROM EARLY PICKINGS
It is the time of year when crops are in short supply
MEALS ON WHEELS BY THE MED
They’re a dynamic duo best known for their fine follicles and joint love of the open road, and The Hairy Bikers’ latest road trip saw them enjoying Mediterranean cuisine and appreciating home-grown produce