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Growing plants that are edible or useful but also attractive is the model Wendy Pillar chose for her garden. Here she explains how she created it


Opium poppies produce seed that can be used to sprinkle on homemade bread


Slugs have long known hostas are delicious, so if it’s good enough for a slug! The best bits to eat are the young quills, which are the curled new growth. The Japanese embrace the hosta, or urui as it is called, in their cooking and it allegedly has a fresh taste like that of snow peas or lettuce and even asparagus. H. montana and H. sieboldii are supposed to be the best species to try. They can be stir fried or boiled and served as a side dish or fried as tempura.

I used to have a conventional ornamental garden around the house. It never worked though, because I don’t see the point in growing purely ornamental plants and I have too little time. It just became neglected and weedy, and badly needed a revamp. I wanted the space to produce food for the kitchen, even if it was in small quantities.

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*** 5 Brand new videos inside! - for more, see here: *** September is traditionally a time for harvesting summer crops of fruit and vegetables and preserving any gluts so we can enjoy them through the long winter. However, there is still plenty we can do to stretch the growing season to ensure an early and productive start next year. A cold frame is helpful to extend the growing season and in this issue Joyce Russell shows you how to make one. Soil is our most precious commodity in the garden and after a year of hard work it deserves a bit of TLC. So this month we have two features, starting on pages 42 and 73, dedicated to helping you keep your soil fighting fit. There is plenty of info on crops, too; expert grower Rob Smith has some great top tips on growing broccoli and calabrese, while this month our resident fruit expert David Patch turns his attention to figs. Finally don’t forget to enter our great fun Passionate Plotter and Wonky Veg competitions for the chance to win some super prizes!