March 2024

In the March issue: new tomato varieties to try, some climate savvy swaps you can make in your garden, a closer look at oca, and much more! In the March issue: Let’s talk tomatoes Horticulturist and seed guardian Rob Smith looks at some new varieties worthy of a place on your plot. Gardening with minimal disturbance Huw Richards explains that…

PRODUCT REVIEW (March 24)

BEST BUY SUPER 7 ELECTRIC PROPAGATOR This Garland Super 7 propagator (13 watt) will provide gentle heat to facilitate germination. It comes with seven mini propagating trays and vented lids so you can sow a range of different seeds on the same heated base. to allow great flexibility in both variety and number of individual seedlings grown. DOBIESwww.dobies.co.ukTEL: 0333 240…

Jobs for February

Ben Vanheems shares some essential tasks to carry out in your garden and allotment for February. SOW NOW Aubergine, broad beans, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, summer cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, chillies, cucumber, kohl rabi, leeks, lettuce, onions, peas, peppers, radish, salad leaves, spinach, spring onion, tomato, turnips PLANT NOW Garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, rhubarb, shallots, soft and tree fruits HARVEST Brussels sprouts, winter…

The veg-growing army battling to protect food security

All over the UK a brigade of gardeners is helping to grow and preserve historic vegetable varieties to conserve their future – and ours. Concerned about the growth of industrial monocrops, and in the face of climate change and emerging diseases, these volunteer ‘Seed Guardians’ have been tasked with growing heritage seed varieties by Garden Organic’s Heritage Seed Library. The…

Swap your seeds

Growing our own vegetables relies on a good source of veg seeds and this can be a hefty annual expense. If we learn to save some of our own seeds we not only save money but over time we actually nurture varieties that do especially well on our own plots. Sourcing seeds locally is also a great way to fast…

February 2024

In the February issue: Martin Fish’s guide to growing cauliflowers, how to make hot beds with Huw Richards, Rob Smith’s favourite carrot varieties, and much more! In the February issue: Heritage Apples, A Growing Legacy We meet heritage apple grower Tom Adams and rediscover some delicious once-forgotten apple varieties. Magnificent Mulches Award-winning writer Ben Vanheems explains how to make the…

Kale, tomato & courgette bake

Anna Pettigrew shares the recipe for a tasty, warming dinner time treat. I like serving this juicy dish with rice, but you can serve it with potatoes or pasta instead if you prefer. SERVES 4 Preparation time: 30 minutes Cooking time: 1 hour 10 minutes Can be frozen Ingredients 2 large red onions, chopped A big handful kale, chopped  5…