Although it may seem odd to some people to become excited by rotted vegetable matter and manure, as gardeners, a large pile of well-rotted compost can be one of the most beautiful sights in a garden. Here at Gravetye we have three beautiful compost bays, one of which is full of the most amazing black, nutrient rich compostRead more "Compost"
Now that Autumn is truly here the vegetable garden has taken a shift from the last of the Summer crops to true Winter onesRead more "Autumn Vegetables"
With Autumn clearance of the beds in the Flower Garden now almost complete, we have an abundance of tender plants which need some love and attention to get them through the coming Winter.Read more "Preparing Plants in Winter"
Miscanthus Sinensis Red FallsRead more "Plant of the Week"
With the Autumn clean up well under way in the garden it is easy to become disheartened about the short days and cold weather ahead of us. One great tonic for these Autumn blues is to look ahead to the Spring and all the beauty it brings. This is now the time to be planting Spring bulbs and, as usual here at Gravetye, we are planting by the thousand.Read more "Bulbs"
It never ceases to amaze me what good value for money the new world salvias are. Most of them originate from the area between Mexico and northern Brazil. Few are hardy in our climate, but they are so easy to over winter as cuttings and can be treated in this way almost like annuals. Salvia leucantha has been flowering since June and continues to look good long after bonfire night.Read more "Plant of the Week"
Autumn harvest is now at its climax with our crop of squashes. These vegetables used to be quite unusual in the kitchen but now it has become one of Head Chef Georges staples. After several years of trialing, George has selected four varieties: Hunter, Hurricane, Autumn Crown and Crown Prince. These are all wonderful varieties […]Read more "Squashes"