Talking Heritage

Rob Smith takes a tour of yesteryear with a look at some of his favourite heritage varieties that are neither gone nor forgotten. We gardeners are inundated with fantastic seed catalogues and an overwhelming number of new varieties of veg to choose from. With this in mind it’s sometimes tough deciding what to grow; after all, we know we want…

Super Sumac

Gather the flowers of Rhus typhina and you can turn them into a home-made sumac spice, adding flavour to both food and drink, says gardening writer Sally Cunningham. For most gardeners, stag’s horn sumac (also spelt sumach), Rhus typhina, is one of those shrubs you admire in other people’s gardens while being very glad it’s not in your own! The…

The start of something bigger

We follow the ventures of some new allotment holders as they move from starter plots to larger ones. Elaine Crick follows their progress. From starters to mains Elaine and Julia (aka Radio Derby’s The Potty Plotters) had the idea to create mini starter plots for people who hadn’t grown veg before but would find a large allotment daunting. They took…

Perfect for pollinators… ?

A busy bee diving into some gayfeather. New research has found that many of the plants sold in garden centres as ‘bee-friendly’ or ‘pollinator-friendly’ actually contain dangerous levels of pesticides. Research by Dr Dave Goulson of Sussex University tested 29 different ‘bee-friendly’ plants for eight commonly used insecticides and 16 fungicides. Only two plants did not contain any, while 23…

KG+Trouble-free tomatoes

Bonus material – Extra to your Kitchen Garden Magazine!  To see the original features with even more information buy Kitchen Garden magazine today. Click on the Subscription box below to buy a specific month or subscribe so you never miss an issue. The trusty tomato is undoubtedly Britain’s home-grown crop. But pitfalls to success are never far away. Be aware…