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Kitchen Garden

May 2020

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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1 min.

This is a super month in the fruit and veg garden (and not just because my birthday falls in May). For most of us spring has well and truly sprung and there are vibrant green shoots all around. The garden always seems to be bursting with pent-up energy; drop a seed into the soil and you feel it’s bound to grow! When I think of spring I think of the wonderful fresh salads that improving conditions allow us to grow with relative ease now and in this issue KG regular Ben Vanheems brings you bags of advice to help you grow your own plentiful supplies. This is also a time when our thoughts turn to tender crops and although it may still be a little early for some, gardeners in the…

1 min.
jobs for the month

10 MINUTE JOBS TAKE A WALK AROUND A daily garden tour will help you spot problems before they really get started. Add a support or replace ties where needed; nip off discoloured leaves; watch out for pest damage; and enjoy the beauty of the May garden while you are wandering. MAKE SUCCESSIONAL SOWINGS Sow rows of salad leaves and lettuce every three or four weeks until the end of September. This will ensure there’s a continuous supply of tasty fresh leaves. Remove large, bitter plants in the knowledge that more rows of young ones are ready to replace them. THIN OUT CROWDED SEEDLINGS Carrot, parsnip and beetroot seedlings will be a few centimetres tall at this stage and they are probably crowded in the rows. Pull weaker seedlings to leave carrots and beetroot at 8cm (3in)…

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quick and easy basil

STEP 1: Buy a pot of fresh basil from the vegetable section of the supermarket. Plants may be crowded and tall, so look for the shortest and strongest ones that you can. Empty the plant from the pot and divide up the rootball into eight parts. Each section should have three or four stems. STEP 2: Put each section into a 12cm (5in) pot filled with damp compost. Grow on at 15-20C (59-68F) don’t go hotter until plants are established. If you want more plants, then repeat with another pot of fresh herbs. Some plants grow stronger than others, but most grow better in clumps than as singletons. STEP 3: When plants have established and are growing well in the pots then they can be planted out. Wait until the last frost…

4 min.
on the veg patch

TEND TO PEAS Early sowings of mangetout varieties are in full flower and it’s only a couple of weeks between flowers and pods. Keep an eye on things and harvest the pods while they are small and crisp – they are tasty and stringless at this stage. There will be lots more pods over the next month or so, and if you keep picking then more pods will grow. Keep the roots watered in dry weather if you want the best crops. Sow more mangetout in May for a late summer harvest – you can sow later, but plants are often less productive in the autumn. SOW SUMMER RADISHES Radishes are easy to grow and they don’t take up much space, but they are only worth trying if you like the taste. Grow a…

1 min.
do it now

EARTH UP POTATOES Pile plenty of soil around the stems of maincrop varieties – potatoes turn green if exposed to light. You can get away with not earthing up early and salad varieties if tubers are used small and before they poke through the soil. SOW RUNNER BEANS You can get earliest harvests by sowing seed in pots in April and planting out as soon as last frosts are passed. For later crops sow seed directly in the soil around a support frame in May. HARVEST ASPARAGUS Cut spears at ground level when they are around 20cm (8in) tall and before the tips open. Use a knife to make a clean cut. PLANT BRUSSELS SPROUTS Seed sown in February or early March will have produced plants big enough to be planted out into their…

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what to do in may

Sow tender vegetables such as courgette and sweetcorn in cell trays in the greenhouse to produce strong plants for the garden. Thin rows of seedlings such as carrots and beetroot when the seedlings are large enough to handle. Earth up rows of potatoes little and often to encourage more tubers to develop in the ridges. To have a continuous supply of lettuce and salad crops all summer long, sow little and often. Keep young cucumber plants warm at all times because if subjected to cold or wet conditions they soon start to rot off at soil level.…