Summer is with us now, and hopefully everyone is beginning to get a taste of the fruits of their labours.
As lockdown restrictions come to an end, many people will be thinking of summer getaways. But it’s a busy time in the garden and if you’re nervous about flying or just don’t want to travel too far, your garden or allotment will provide that perfect summer haven. And there’s still plenty to do before pots and gardening tools are safely tucked up for winter.
KG editor Steve Ott, pictured below, says: “You’d be forgiven for thinking that seed sowing is done and dusted for this season, but if you want to make use of every inch of growing space and extend the season as much as possible then it is important to keep those seeds coming.
“As ever, our jobs pages are packed with things to plant and sow now, and starting on page 30 I look at lots more crops you can get in the ground in August for harvesting this year and next, plus if you turn to page 44 we have a growing guide to those winter stalwarts, turnips and swedes.
“If you like to take a relaxed approach to your veg growing you’ll love deputy editor Emma’s feature on self-seeders – crops that sow and grow themselves – the ultimate in laid-back gardening. While this month KG regular Ben Vanheems takes a timely look at ways to beat the heat in your garden and greenhouse (it is 25C as I write this in early June, so I’m hoping the trend continues for the summer).
“Rob Smith looks at ways to bring colour into the garden (much of which is edible) with his take on hardy annuals to sow now, while Tanya Anderson (aka Lovely Greens on social media) explains how to prepare and eat them!
Stephanie Hafferty exclusively reveals her plans for a wonderful no-dig garden at Hampton Court garden festival this year (July 5-11), which she has co-designed with business partner Charles Dowding. Do make a date to see the real thing if you can.
“Finally I am delighted to announce that KG has won the hotly contested Specialist Interest category of the Newspaper and Magazine Awards 2021. A big thank you to our wonderful contributors, advertisers and of course you our loyal readers.”Enjoy more Kitchen Garden reading in the monthly magazine. Click here to subscribe.
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