January is all about planning for your best possible gardening year ahead, writes Kitchen Garden editor Steve Ott (pictured below), and in this issue we have lots of great features to help you achieve the results you want from your patch, including ideas and inspiration for those of you who like to try something new.
Former head gardener and passionate organic grower Sue Stickland brings you a roundup of the potato days that take place across the country this month and where you can find lots of new and different varieties to try. KG regular Ben Vanheems encourages us all to spend just a little time this month planning our sowings and plantings to get the most from every inch of our growing space.
Fruit writer David Patch takes a look at some plants often grown for their ornamental value, but which also produce tasty harvests, in the hope of inspiring you to try something different, while heritage veg enthusiast Rob Smith brings you some more of his favourite oldies, but goodies, in time for growing in 2020.
The KG team has recently spent some very pleasant hours judging our annual competition to find the winners of the KG Plotter Competition, which every year highlights some of the very best endeavours of our wonderful community of readers. In the coming months we look forward to sharing your stories and pictures on the pages of the magazine.
Also in this issue:
KG‘s resident chef Anna Cairns Pettigrew celebrates celeriac, beetroot and sweet potato in her warming and hearty winter dishes. Just look at this mouthwatering sweet potato soup, ideal for cheering up a cold, wintry day:
Plus you can meet Three Fruity Ladies (well, two of them anyway!) – a mother and daughter who front a family business that makes wonderful preserves from home-grown crops. Runner bean chutney seems to be a firm favourite and has even won the heart of TV chef Tom Kerridge!
Regular KG contributor Sally Cunningham considers the virtues of skirret, a once-popular root vegetable in Tudor times and now making something of a comeback. Skirret was the medieval root vegetable of choice, with a long, white root which is starchy, sweetish and candle-thin. Find out how Sally cares for her own skirret, and why the crop waned in popularity when the potato was introduced to the British Isles.
Plus there’s plenty more to read – your Letters, the latest from the Mudketeers, offers and giveaways, products tried and tested by the KG team, gardening news and more regular expert writers offering their growing tips and knowledge.
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