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Cut your seed bill by saving your own seeds. It isn’t difficult and by being selective you’ll even create plants ideally suited to your plot, as Benedict Vanheems explains


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Beans are very easy to save from year to year
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One motivator for a lot of kitchen gardeners is the opportunity to grow healthy food for a frugal outlay. Local food is fresh food – and it doesn’t get any more local than what you’ve grown in your back garden or allotment!

How much you spend on getting to harvest depends on the time and resources available to you. Arguably the more time you have, the greater the chances to be resourceful and cut costs. One area that’s an easy win is seed saving – and the benefits go far beyond the financial.


Aside from saving a few bob, seed you’ve saved yourself helps to maintain a living heritage. Just think of all the history encapsulated within heritage varieties; their unique characters and flavours passed on from one generation to the next through garden-saved seed. By joining this long tradition, we can do our bit to keep it available for future gardeners.

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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!