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June 21, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden progress

15 Feb 2013, AWG progress 1

Para 5 - 01.06.13_1 - view over the wall - best, by Ian EdwardsYesterday, the only way I could truly describe to someone the incredible progress made in 1 year in Apley Walled Gardens was to show these 2 photos – the first taken from the cherry-picker (used to fell trees in Feb 2013) & the second taken by our tractor driver Ian Edwards, who’s also a keen photographer. Real before & after photos.

I just spoke to Phil who told me some new volunteers have started today, for which we’re very grateful. I hope they enjoy the experience !

Weekly crop reports are available for any chefs & restaurants interested in buying Apley Walled Garden vegetables, with traffic light colours, showing what’s available now, nearly ready & what won’t be ready for a while. If you’d like a copy by email, please text Phil our Head Gardener on 07746 01 30 50. We’re currently principally supplying Apley Farm Shop, The Creamery Café & the University of Wolverhampton & occasionally some local restaurants too.

Small red album_00007ACurrently available are: Globe artichokes, beetroot (Chioggia, Detroit & Golden), Chanteney carrots, rainbow chard, Lettuces (Little Gem, Lolla Rossa, All Year Round & Saladin, iceberg), Herbs (Romanesque fennel, spearmint mint, parsley, sage, rosemary & thyme (like the song !), Potatoes (International kidney, Purple Majesty, Apache), Radishes (China Rose, Tarzan & Malaga), cultivated rocket , Spinach (Red boar & Missouri) & Spring onions (Ishikura, White Lisbon & North Holland, which are blood red).

Finally, I especially love this photo of John Cooke in his flower garden, probably taken at this time of year, in June or July. I’m very grateful to his widow Pam Cooke has contributed a lot of wonderful Apley archive photos.

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