Having put up our cloches before the big freeze we are now ready to get the first sowings under way. The earliest of the baby veg to be sown outside are the radish and the turnip.Read more "Sowing Under Cloches"
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.Read more "Bay Tree"
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.Read more "Cloches"
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.Read more "Planting Trees"
Chris has been pollinating the peaches in the glass peach house.Read more "Pollinating Peaches!"
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.Read more "Baby Vegetable Beds"
Wisteria sinensis is one of those classic plants that, when in full bloom, can evoke feelings of nostalgia, peace, and serenity. Its style can assimilate to traditional Japanese gardens or classic English gardens, where it is most often trained over pergolas or arches to accentuate the cascading racemes that bloom in May. Not only will Wisteria sinensis amaze your sense of sight with its profusion of flowers, it will also gently arouse your sense of smell with its sweet fragrance; which is perhaps what triggers the nostalgia rather than the appearance.Read more "Pruning Wisteria"