May issue out now!

Spring is certainly in the air – and in the May issue of Kitchen Garden we’ll be guiding you through the best ways to grow plenty of healthy crops. Even one that you can use in the bath to scrub your back!

There’s plenty to do this month as we continue to sow many of the crops that will take us through the summer and beyond, reports KG editor Steve Ott, pictured below.

Steve says: “Rob Smith reveals the secrets of growing great broad beans while the KG team unveil their list of the 10 most productive veg to grow. You may well have different opinions, so please do let us know your own selection for yield and value.

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“Love to grow onions from seed? Then you won’t want to miss veg expert Colin Randel’s round-up of the latest award-winners from RHS trials, while the top tasks from our jobs pages are planting indoor tomatoes, protecting cabbages from root fly and using mulches to grow bigger, better crops.

Steve enjoys a spot of relaxation in an area of garden that’s great for wildlife

“We have plenty for herb lovers this month too with features on calming chamomile, aromatic mints and how to increase your herb stocks for free by taking softwood cuttings; it’s really very easy. Or for something a little more out of the ordinary you could give deputy editor Emma Rawlings’ advice a try and sow some handy luffas (or is it loofahs?) – ideal for eating, scrubbing your pans or even washing otherwise unreachable parts in the shower.

“I sow one of my favourite allotment flowers, the colourful and fragrant wallflower, while fruit expert David Patch recommends the very best grape varieties for indoors or out.

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“Finally, if you are thinking of subscribing to KG, turn to page 24 for some great subscription options. You can save pounds, get oodles of lovely seeds and need never miss an issue of your favourite gardening magazine.”

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