Pea sticking and peach pruning

This week we have been building cages over our perennials to support them as they grow, using hazel pea sticks collected in the winter from the woods.

It was the first pruning of the peaches in the peach house too. This will be a constant task through the summer, to tie in new shoots we wish to keep for fruit next year. Next pruning will be in a week or so and will also involve thinning the fruit which has set this year, to limit the number and ensure a good quality harvest.

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Gorse barrier!

Our peas in the kitchen garden are under attack, being eaten by either mice or birds.  This gorse barrier should do the trick, the prickles forming a protective barrier will hopefully stop any further munching…


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April Newsletter: In the garden

Spring is one of the most exciting times at Gravetye as the garden erupts into life and in the walled kitchen garden we are busy making sowings to harvest through the summer.  We try and concentrate on growing things which have the best flavour when they come directly from the garden.  Asparagus is a good […]

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A short story about sweet peas

Today we planted the first half of our Sweet peas (lat. Lathyrus odoratus) into the kitchen garden. I love these ever popular annual flowers, I am therefore very excited to learn how to grow them as a real professional! These trailing, climbing plants which reach up to 8 feet require strong support, to hold their long stems full […]

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Pollinating peach flowers

We have been pollinating every day between 1pm and 2pm as that is the warmest part of the day. We use a rabbits tail tied to a cane. The fur of the tail collects pollen in the same way an insect would and then as you go from flower to flower the pollen gets deposited on the next flower. Looking forward to seeing the results!

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Helena (& Lola!)

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