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March 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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Most of us can risk some sowings this month – if not outside then in a propagator indoors. But perhaps even more exciting are the slowly improving conditions – an end to the short, gloomy days of winter and more chances to get your hands into the soil.In this issue we have three pages of practical top tips from Joyce Russell to help you get the best from your early sowings, while Ben Vanheems looks at ways to make your gardening pound go further during your next trip to the garden centre.There is advice on growing outdoor tomatoes and the best varieties to beat the blight from Simon Crawford, a pioneering tomato breeder, while for carrot lovers, KG regular Rob Smith looks at ways to beat the dreaded carrot…

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jobs for the month

10 MINUTE JOBS KEEP PLANTS FROST-FREE Cover new planted onion and potato beds. The former are more likely to bolt if they are frosted when small and potato leaves can be killed by frost if they emerge in cold weather. Weight down edges of the covering material so it doesn’t blow away. EDGE BEDS Trim grass edges so growth doesn’t reach into the soil of the bed. This tidies up the look of the garden and helps to define the beds. Tackle one bed at a time and spread the task over a few days if you have a large vegetable plot. MANAGE POTTING BENCHES Keep benches clear and remove debris after each potting and sowing session. You can collect any spilled compost in a bucket…

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on the veg patch

PLANT ONION SETS STEP 1: Small sets are the easiest way to grow onions. These part-formed bulbs should be disease-free and all ready to grow when planted. White varieties often grow larger bulbs than red ones. Choose sets that are firm and haven’t started to sprout – plants from large sets are more likely to bolt and tiny ones take too long to get growing. Discard any that show signs of mould. STEP 2: Dig compost or well-rotted manure into the bed and firm the soil before planting. You can tread on the bed provided soil isn’t wet and sticky. Rake some wood ash or powdered seaweed into the surface, to provide potash. Add a scatter of lime to acid soils and then either plant direct…

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what to do in march

■ Tender vegetables such as courgettes, sweetcorn and dwarf French beans can be sown now in cell trays. With just a little gentle heat they will soon germinate.■ As the soil warms up weeds will start to grow, so hand weed or hoe them off regularly to prevent them establishing.■ Indoor peaches and nectarines can be pollinated by gently dabbing the open flowers with a soft paint brush to move pollen from flower to flower.■ Carry on sowing tomato seeds in small pots to produce plants for planting out in a cold greenhouse or polytunnel in May.■ As soon as the first potatoes in the polytunnel push through, earth them up with soil when the growth is several inches tall. ■…

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in the greenhouse

Seed potatoes being started off in small pots POTTING CITRUS & POTATOES March is when things really start to get busy for the undercover gardener now the days are getting longer and the temperatures rising. In my heated greenhouse the citrus fruits are just starting to make new growth, which means it’s a good time to pot them into larger pots if needed. As citrus prefer slightly acidic conditions, I use a mix of John Innes and ericaceous compost which suits them well.In the polytunnel I’m potting chitted potato tubers into small pots. This is a good way to start them into growth ready for planting in the garden or potting into larger pots in a few weeks’ time. This allows you to start growing in…

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march tips

■ As soon as you empty a watering can, refill it from the tap or water butt and stand in the greenhouse or polytunnel to allow the water temperature to rise slightly. This prevents seedlings and young plants from getting a cold shock when you next water. ■ To maximise the use of your propagator or heated bench, as soon as seedlings have germinated and have had several days to become established, move them off to free up room for more seed sowing.■ Spend a little time working out where you are going to sow or plant vegetables over the coming months. Ideally, draw a simple plan to make sure you can fit everything in that you want to grow and remember to reserve space for later plantings.■…