A good day for planting potatoes… Lots of ‘growing kits’ given away. Make sure you share your results with us #castlebromichhallgardens #wegrowtogether. I wonder who will be able to harvest the most from our one potato. We were giving away ‘rocket’ seed potatoes, so they shold be ready in a couple of months. Thanks to all the lovely young peple who helped plant up one of our 4 potato beds. We have now added “swift” and “foremost” to our ‘earlies’ beds. All the Highland Burgundy Red, shetland Blacks and Salad Blues are now in and we’ll be putting the very special Congo and Yamm varieties in next week. Can’t wait till they harvest? Well come back for our community cob and pizza oven making days on 18th and 19th April
It’s been an exceptionally good year for our pumpkin and squash crop. Some went to enliven Halloween, some have been sold to our visitors. Traditionally – with the help of volunteers – we then turn them into delicious soup to sell to our customers in the colder months. This year we’re going a little further. Our volunteers have had a group chopping and cooking session. The surplus soup and spare squashes will now be shared with some other charities. We love growing these triffid-like plants in our South Kitchen Garden and chuffed that all the effort will not go to waste but will go to provide some warmth and sustenance to others who need a little extra.
shared post …. Inspired? We still have pumpkins for sale on site. Why not make your own pie/soup/roasted seeds http://greensideup.ie/five-things-to-do-with-a-pumpkin-including-soup-pie-roasted-seed-recipes/
Green is the colour of plenty. Our vast veg plot – the Batty Langley garden – has been really well tended this year and all the hard work is paying off. This year’s newly planted Globe Artichokes are fattening up, the Courgettes and Squashes are plump green and growing gold (could be another good Pumpkin year), the first early Potatoes are lifted and the maincrop are coming soon. The Runner Beans and the yummy Dwarf French Beans are being harvested and will be on sale in the shop over the next couple of weeks. The Leeks and Cabbages are coming on, but the Cardoons and Jerusalem artichokes have a way to go yet. This year we have started planting the site with some older, period varieties and – to save our volunteers from overdoing it – concentrating on veg. that produces good ground cover… hey, we have 10 acres of weeding and trimming to do – some shortcuts are worth it! Unfortunately the heady fragrance of the sweet peas are now finished, but I just love the multitude of tasty greenness in this area. Make sure these lovely crops don’t go to waste; they are all affordable and super fresh from our shop – (free entry to the shop).