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In the garden this month

July 2017

Now July is suddenly upon us (how did that happen so quickly by the way?), production in the vegetable garden in the Walled Garden is well underway. We harvest weekly and sell the produce and plants from our “Barrow” situated in the Walled Garden.  We also supply produce to a local restaurant.  Once the produce has been picked we then the dig over the bare ground, apply some organic chicken manure pellets and re-sow successional crops such as beetroot, salad leaves, radishes, spring onions and carrots.  Other crops such as the brassicas, sweetpeas, cucurbits (pumpkins and courgettes) that were planted out in June are doing well thanks to the very necessary netting to protect the crops from the endless attack from birds.  June’s heatwave pushed things on as long as they were getting watered daily, and the more recent heavy rain has been wonderful. We collect rain from our vinery and bothy rooves, which then gets watered back out to our vegetables and plants.  The glasshouse crops are growing fast.  The cucumbers and melons are flowering nicely and enjoy the south facing aspect of the vinery.  Soon the tomatoes will be ready to harvest and the baby cucumbers are fruiting well, the cucamelons are also starting to set fruit.

When the Bishop of London lived at Fulham Palace, the gardeners would grow produce in the whole of the approx. 2.5acres (1 hectare) Walled Garden to provide for the Bishop, his family and friends.  He would have a dinner with guests almost every evening.  Today the vegetable garden is looked after by the three garden apprentices with each apprentice being assigned an area within the vegetable garden, which is overseen by me.  This ensures the continuity of growing the crops, ensuring rows are being thinned, watered and successionally sown at the right time and allows the apprentices to learn one particular crop in detail (as well as assisting with the others).

The border outside the Tudor Courtyard is blooming away and the lavender within the Tudor Courtyard is looking beautiful.  Thanks to our army of garden volunteers for manually removing and controlling the rosemary beetle that are also very partial to the lavender.

 

Lucy Hart
Head Gardener

 

In the garden this month
In the garden this month
In the garden this month
In the garden this month
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