Apart from a private group visiting this Saturday the Gardens are now closed. This blog will be updated monthly for anyone wanting to keep abreast of what we are doing in the garden.
The West Lawn has now been scarified and grass seed sown in various areas of the garden covered with polythene to give it heat to germinate. Well worth doing- especially for small patches and any clear polythene with a hole punched into it will do- keeps off birds and allows rain in.
The Vegetable garden is still providing beetroot, parsnip, chard, kale, swede, rocket and squash. Beans are being left for seed but we sowed a late crop of peas which are producing well- they are as welcome as the prodigal son!! As we remove vegetables that space gets dug over and our own compost then laid on top ready to be dug in after it the frosts have passed.
Next week the herb garden will be cut down and its contents preserved for the winter- frozen, dried, pickled or covered in oil.
The onions and shallots have been dug up and dried in the Greenhouse- N.B. look at the facebook page to see how beautiful they look plaited into strings.
We are harvesting the apples and they are being either stored or turned into apple juice which we freeze. The apple trees have had grease bands put on to protect against coddling moth etc. and the orchard has been cut in preparation for the emergence of the spring bulbs planted there.
Whilst the soil is still warm, we are getting the last of our plants and cuttings into the garden- preferable to freezing in a small pot in the Cold frame!!
Two swans have been seen checking out the Fishponds. We don’t know if they are “our “ swans and no sign of their cygnets, but lovely to see swans on the water again.
Don’t mention squirrels- they are everywhere, and I saw a mole is back- unusually in the raspberry bed. Birds are appearing in flocks- presumably preparing to leave and winter will be here all too soon.
Stay healthy and good gardening