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What's New?
The Campaign for Female Education (CAMFED) African Garden, which won gold at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in May, now has a new home at the Eden Project in Cornwall. The red earth garden, laden with edible crops and rich aromas, was opened in October
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Bring Back Skirret!
Skirret? Hang on, wasn’t he inside left for that rugby team… or is it a small village near Halifax? Or an item of Victorian horse harness? The name sounds vaguely familiar, but you can’t place it, yet another of those ‘What’s that….’ pub quiz questio
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Have Your Say
We always think of giant veg as a new phenomenon but the one in the photos could change the idea! It weighs in at 1lb 12oz and we have had 2lb in a good year. The seed was given to my late father-in-law over 30 years ago by his penfriend in Ohio. It
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Getting Saucy WITH THREE FRUITY LADIES
The first gardening job Pam Bufton’s husband John gave her was wheelbarrowing manure. “Now that’s true love!” she says. Pam is reminiscing about the early days of her relationship with John: “The house I lived in when we met had a little front garden
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ON THE PLOT WITH THE 3 Mudketeers
It’s that time of year when the Muddies are let in from the plot (Boots Off Please Muddies!), and settle down with a nice cup of tea to browse through the latest catalogues, each one a veritable Aladdin’s cave of edible delights. So what has been cat
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On Your Starter Plot , Get Set, Grow!
The Ashbourne Road and District Allotments (ARDAA) is a forward-thinking allotment site made up of a great assortment of individuals. In September 2018 the Potty Plotters (Radio Derby’s Elaine Crick and Julia Slater) and resident allotmenteers hosted
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GNOME GROWN With Daucus Painting Pots For Peas
■ Clean terracotta pots are nice to work with and take the paint well. ■ The paint suitable for using on terracotta is acrylic or look for Patio Paint in little bottles. These come in an amazing range of colours. Most DIY or craft stores will have a
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Advice From The New Allotmenteers
The Plotters also felt it important to hear what advice the new community of allotmenteers could give to others: “Go for it but don’t underestimate the time one needs to devote to it, even though it is small. From our experience so far, genuine start
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Kg Problem Solver
When would be the best time of year to do a soil test in my garden? Mr A J Peck, Middlesex Steve Ott, editor, Kitchen Garden magazine STEVE SAYS: You can test your soil at any time of the year before sowing or planting a new crop. However, the bes
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One To Try…
One of the chilli varieties that particularly impressed me in 2019 was ‘Machu Pichu’, a relatively fleshy, oblong chilli with fruits that start off green and then turn a distinctively dark brown colour, with the skin wrinkling as they mature. Having
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Apple Canker
In an ideal world, plants grow healthily but unfortunately pests and diseases are always ready to thwart our best endeavours. In this new series we identify a common pest or disease each month and offer advice on what you can do Apple canker Neonectr
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Fruit For Thought
You might already be sick and tired of hearing these lyrics by John Lennon by the time you read this article. Happy Xmas (War is Over) will have been playing nonstop on every radio, shopping centre soundtrack and TV advert for the past two months. Th
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Talking Heritage
The new year is here and we gardeners are inundated with fantastic seed catalogues and an overwhelming number of new varieties of veg to choose from. With this in mind it’s sometimes tough deciding what to grow; after all, we know we want to grow var
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Giveaways Worth Over £560
New from leading watering expert Hozelock, Tuffhoze is a hybrid garden hose, combining the best of PVC and textile hose technology to make it amazingly flexible, super-tough and lightweight – up to 50% lighter than traditional hoses. Tuffhoze comes w
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Kitchen Garden Christmas GIFT GUIDE
POPPY EXPLOSION FOR CHRISTMAS! £26.95 www.backdoorshoes.co.uk The poppy shoe is loved by everybody, so will make a brilliant Christmas gift for anybody who deserves a pair! Backdoorshoes are lightweight, waterproof and easy to slip off/on. Availa
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What To Buy reader Offers Save Over £10.85
There’s still time to get your garlic planted for this coming season and we’ve selected three varieties we think are more suited to spring planting. ■ ‘ELEPHANT GARLIC’ – Supersized cloves with a mild, sweet flavour which are perfect for eating raw o
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Paln More, Grow More
Cold winds rattle at the greenhouse door, the skeletons of last year’s beans still entwined on that stash of canes squirrelled away in the corner. Outside, a lonely stand of kale plods doggedly on through frost and thaw to give up a few of its leaves
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Garden Store Plus Subscriber Savers
Start your seeds earlier with the Unapod Heated Propagator with Digital Controller from Greenhouse Sensation. Its precision digital controller can be set in one-degree increments between 5C and 30C, letting you create the perfect environment for seed
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In The Bleak Midwinter...
Midwinter: the days are short and dark, weather unpredictable but there is always the hope of some snow! We are now past the winter solstice and can look forward to spring. Every day is a little lighter and longer, but winter temperatures are still w
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Product Reviews New Year Gifts For Under £25
Endorsed by the Royal Horticultural Society, these Gold Leaf Winter Touch gloves have breathable, Thinsulate thermal lining and are Ski-Dri waterproof. They are available in ladies’ and gents’ sizes. HARROD HORTICULTURAL www.harrodhorticultural.com
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Sweet leaves TO SAVOUR
Cabbages are often taken for granted. A poor relation to trendy kale and broccoli with their much flaunted health benefits, the humble cabbage is a great staple that can be grown easily and virtually all year round. The sowing season for summer-harve
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HOW TO MAKE A Garden trolley
Who needs a garden trolley? Well, I do for one, and if more gardeners tried one then I think that they might agree. A trolley is more stable than a wheelbarrow and is less likely to tip over accidentally and empty its contents on the ground. A trolle
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Welcome
January is all about planning for your best possible gardening year ahead and in this issue we have lots of great features to help you achieve the results you want from your patch, including ideas and inspiration for those of you who like to try some
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A Day Devoted To Potatoes
You’ll find the best choice of varieties, probably get them cheaper, and you’ll certainly have more fun at a potato day. These events are usually held by gardening clubs, allotment societies or community groups, and there are dozens spread throughout
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NUTRITIOUS & DELICIOUS!
In place of lasagna sheets, try using celeriac for an extra-nutritious dinner dish. Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 20 minutes SERVES 4-6 ■ 3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil, divided■ 1 small onion, diced■ 3 cloves garlic, chopped■ ⅓
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On The Veg Patch
Rhubarb crowns can push up early shoots in a mild winter. These produce some lovely early pickings but you have to keep an eye on things. A short-lived snowfall will do little harm, but if plants are buried for days, or sub-zero temperatures persist,
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Potato Days To Visit
BRIDPORT POTATO DAY JANUARY 4. Bridport United Church, East Street, Bridport. Large range of seed potatoes, heritage seeds, onion sets and garlic, fruit trees and bushes; 10am-1.30pm. 01749 860039, www.potato-days.net OXFORD POTATO DAY JANUARY 5. We
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Confusion Of A Novice Leek Exhibitor
The growing of exhibition leeks was about to seem easy compared to prepping the things for the show. There are a number of rules and regulations to meet, things such as – the leek has to be grown in the member’s garden which has to be in the club’s a
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Do It Now
Do a rough layout plan of your garden and decide what you want to grow and where to plant it for 2020. Avoid growing the same type of crop on the same bit of ground that you did last year – rotating crops around the garden helps to reduce disease pro
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Winning Plotters Revealed
THE WINNERS ARE IRYNA AND RICK LEWIS FROM KIRKHAM, LANCASHIRE Iryna and her husband Rick have an allotment and have been growing vegetables for seven years. Iryna said: “The most important aspect about growing our own fruit/veg is the knowledge that
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