Here at Gravetye we have a fruit cage devoted entirely to blueberries. This is not only as they are a superb crop, which the chefs really love, but also as they need special conditions in which to grow. Blueberries need the soil to be acidic in order to thrive and as most of the Kitchen Garden soil is alkaline we have created their own acidic area for them.Read more "Blueberries"
Although spring is still a way off, a sunny day in February can give the first suggestion. Already daffodils and leucojum are flowering in the wild garden and in the little garden our snowdrops have been putting on a show since the middle of January. Most of these are Galathus elwesii, a lovely large flowered […]Read more "February Newsletter: In the garden"
One of the greatest jobs at this time of the year is the moving of our own compost material into the garden. Not only is it satisfying to see the beautiful black goodness which we have managed to produce from our waste and kitchen scraps, but also the physical nature of the job makes it an ideal way to keep warm.Read more "Muck Spreading"
With January now over it is time to look forward to the Spring and start with some of our seed sowing. This week we have begun sowing early crops for the poly tunnel, such as spinach and Pak Choi.Read more "Seed Sowing"
With the kitchens closed for a couple of months for renovation work, we are lucky this year to be able to clear the Kitchen Garden of the Winter crops earlier than usual in order to prepare for the new season aheadRead more "Brussels Sprouts"
This week in the Kitchen Garden we have started one of my favourite jobs, pruning the fruit bushes. Redcurrants, white currants, black currants and gooseberries all need pruning at this time of yearRead more "Fruit Pruning"
One of the most rewarding jobs at this time of year is to tidy up in preparation for the beginning of Spring. The Wild Garden is alive with the first shoots of the coming Spring bulbs. Before these get too far advanced we have taken the opportunity to have a really good tidy up through this part of the garden.Read more "Taming the Wild Garden"