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TOP JOBS FOR MARCH • ESSENTIAL TASKS FOR YOUR VEG PATCH AND PROTECTED CROPS BY BEN VANHEEMS
ON THE PLOT WITH THE 3 Mudketeers • The KG team offer chat, tips and gardening gossip
GROW WITH BELLE MAKE YOUR OWN PLANT POT • Hi! I’m Belle and I’m here every month to share lots of fun activities for you to do at home, on your own or with your family
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
QUESTION TIME • GOT A FRUIT OR VEG PROBLEM? ASK KG FOR HELP
OUR PLOTTER OF THE MONTH • Last year we officially launched a competition to find 12 readers and their plots that would appear in Kitchen Garden magazine this year. Here we feature another of our talented winners
Prizes and sponsors • Each of our 12 winners will receive a bundle of prizes kindly given by our sponsors Hozelock, Nemasys, Harrod Horticultural and Mortons Media Group.
EXTENDING THE SEASON WITH POTATOES • Grow your own potatoes, says Martin Fish, and you’ll be spoilt for choice, with plenty of varieties to choose from to keep you in spuds all year round
POTATOES ALL YEAR ROUND • Mail order companies stock a large selection of certified seed potatoes to choose from. Many garden centres also sell a good range from January onwards and many sell them loose, allowing you to buy exactly what you want.
POTATO MIX & MATCH SPECIAL OFFER!
Have garden, will travel • For Stephanie Hafferty it wasn’t just about moving house, it was about moving garden too, as she set off on a new no-dig gardening adventure in West Wales
ROB’S PLOT SOWING AND A BIT OF TLC! • Rob Smith is busy again this month with more sowing, planting and making sure his existing plants are given a bit of a boost
SHOOTS TO SAVOUR • Freshly harvested asparagus is one of those tasty delicacies that heralds the start of the growing season and is one to truly relish. Emma Rawlings offers some tips on growing this special crop
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SAVE UP TO £14 ON ASPARAGUS PLANTS!
THE GARDEN ORCHARD • In this excerpt from his new book, fruit and permaculture enthusiast Wade Muggleton explains how even those of us with small gardens can grow fruit – and plenty of it!
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LEARNING TO LET GO, naturally • Neatly cropped lawns and perfectly manicured borders are out. Natural gardening is in. And frankly, Becky Searle – for one – is relieved
PROPAGATION FOR BEGINNERS! • Getting your plants off to a good start is crucial, says Joyce Russell. Here she offers top advice on how to achieve this
Meeting the challenge • When Louise Price took on an allotment she was initially daunted by the enormous task that lay ahead. But more than 18 months on she has reaped the rewards for all her hard work
Future-proof your soil • Dr Anton Rosenfeld, knowledge officer of green charity Garden Organic, offers practical advice on how to make your soil more resilient, especially in the context of climate change
Don’t mention the P word! • Go plastic free with your pots, says Emily Cupit, who has been trying out some of the alternatives available
HOW TO AVOID A PLANT-ASTROPHE! • A plague on all our plants? Hopefully not, says David Patch, who this month offers some sound advice on how to keep our precious fruit crops free of pests and diseases
Horatio’s Garden, improving lives • Annabelle Padwick explains the work of a...