Drive Clearance

In the last few years the part of the East Garden which is just inside the gates to the manor has become rather over crowded. Although there are some beautiful plants in this area it was difficult to appreciate them as shrubs had become over grown and several weed trees had managed to grow up amongst everything.

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A Winter Garden Activity

The dreary winter weather can make even the most enthusiastic gardener reluctant to visit their sleeping garden. However, each season has its highlights and although the winter garden requires a closer examination to appreciate its beauty, there is much to enjoy during this time of year.

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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.

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Muck Spreading

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.

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Seed Sowing

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.

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Brussels Sprouts

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 ahead

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