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Kitchen Garden

June 2019

Kitchen Garden Magazine - UK's No.1 for growing your own fruit and vegetables. KG also offers great monthly give-aways, special gardening offers, recipes, growing tips and much more.

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Well, even editors deserve a break. Steve enjoyed the delights of The Eden Project in Cornwall recently If you love your garden you must love June! Flaming or not, plants are in full growth and the first harvests of fast-growing crops may already be in the bag, especially in the greenhouse and polytunnel.We have our usual growing guides to help you keep your patch full and fruitful; this month on spring onions, turnips, peaches and fennel, and KG regular Ben Vanheems brings you his top tips to ensure your plot remains as productive for nature as it does for you and your family. It is an unfortunate fact of life for us gardeners that the weeds will be growing too, so starting on page 60 you’ll find all…

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jobs for the month

10 MINUTE JOBS STICKS FOR PUMPKINS Pumpkin plants look small when they are planted out in June but they soon grow a mass of foliage. Push a tall stick beside each plant so you can still see where to water when the bed is covered in stems and leaves. SOW BASIL IN POTS OUTSIDE Scatter a few seeds in a 20cm (8in) pot and cover with compost. Put this against a warm, sunny wall and protect from slugs. Don’t overwater and the plants should grow to produce plenty of leaves for use through the summer. HARVEST SALAD Salad leaves and lettuce bolt much faster in hot, dry conditions. Keep picking leaves while you can and sow more seed every 3-4 weeks so more leaves are ready when…

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grow dwarf french beans

STEP 1: If slugs are a problem, sow seeds in pots and plant out when they have two true leaves. You can sow direct in a double row over a 25cm (10in) deep trench, half filled with compost and topped with soil. Sow a few extra seeds at the end of rows, or in pots, to fill any gaps. Plants go 20cm (8in) apart. Scatter a little lime if soil is acid. STEP 2: Keep soil watered and especially so when plants are in flower. Flowers are self-pollinating, but if there is no wind, then brushing a gentle hand along a row of plants will help pollen fall to where it is needed. Some varieties grow 40-50cm (16-20in) tall and benefit from a few twiggy sticks as support.…

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on the veg patch

STRAWBERRIES Delicious red berries are ripening on plants this month. Cover with netting so birds can’t eat the fruit and raise this up so they can’t peck through the mesh. You can use straw to mulch between plants and keep fruits clean, but this can encourage slugs and snails to hide underneath. A good option is to support fruit clusters with twiggy sticks pushed into the ground. This won’t deter molluscs altogether but it does help a lot.Harvest as soon as fruit is fully ripe, or pick a day early to avoid pest attentions and leave to ripen fully in a sunny window. Plenty of sun helps to produce sweet fruits. DIG EARLY POTATOES When plants start to flower then you know that there are probably…

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do it now

Spring-sown broad beans can be plagued by blackfly. These pests start off on the soft growth at the top of plants – remove affected parts before they spread down the stems and on to pods. Enjoy the harvest! There are plenty of fresh, tasty crops to pick and eat at their best. There are plenty more to come over the months ahead so don’t leave anything until it is big and tasteless. Sensible use of mulch can reduce water usage and also keep soil temperatures steady. Try straw, cardboard, paper, grass clippings, or any weed and chemical-free option. Water well before you put a mulch down. Use a dibber or blunt stick to make holes when planting leeks. Drop a plant in each hole so…

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what to do in june

Make sure you ventilate on sunny days to help prevent the temperatures under cover from getting too hot. As soon as annual herb plants such as basil are established, they can be planted out or potted into larger containers to grow on. To help tomato fruits develop and ripen later in the summer, feed weekly with a high-potash tomato fertiliser. Continue to sow lettuce and other salad leaves to give a continued supply right through the summer. Make sure that strawberries growing in pots and hanging baskets are kept well-watered and fed with a high-potash feed to keep the fruits ripening through June.…