Although it seems early in the year to be thinking about Winter veg, a lot of the staples for the Winter months need a lot of time to develop and parsnips are no exception. We would usually start them from seed a couple of weeks earlier than we have this year but due to the big freeze we have delayed until now.

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Bay Tree

A few years ago we took the decision to cut back the bay tree in the Kitchen Garden and it has responded so well that it is now time to do it again. If we were to leave the tree to get too big it would create a large area of dry shade in the middle of the garden as well as dominating the views as you move through the veg garden. As you can see from the before picture it was also taking on a rather curious shape due to the ‘grazing line’ of both florists and chefs. Although this looks rather brutal and dramatic it will soon bounce back and be both better looking and easier to harvest.

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With the feel of Spring in the air our thoughts are quickly turning to getting some vegetables under way in the Kitchen Garden. Whilst we have been busy sowing in the glass houses for several weeks now the time has come to start some direct sowings.

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Planting Trees

During Winter we cleared many areas of the garden of old trees and shrubs which were either dead or past their best. This opened up some lovely spaces in which to plant new trees and we have taken advantage of some of these gaps.

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Baby Vegetable Beds

With the fine weather we have enjoyed this week we have been able to undertake what I consider to be the best job in the Kitchen Garden, the digging of the vegetable beds. Along the warm South wall we have a series of small beds dedicated to the growing of baby vegetables for the Chef.

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