The days are gradually getting longer, and that means it’s time to pick up your award-winning KG and decide what to grow this year!
Most of us can risk some sowings this month – if not outside then in a propagator indoors, says KG editor Steve Ott. 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 fly.
Contestant in the BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge, Rekha Mistry, starts a new feature in which she brings us her gardening diary, and for the fruit growers among you we have advice on coaxing bumper crops from your trees this year.