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July 31, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden news

2014-07-30, AWG progress (7) 2014-07-30, AWG progress (4)Phil’s just delivered these fantastic veg boxes. Exceptionally tasty were the huge raspberries which got eaten within 6 hours & cucumbers which were still warm from the greenhouse.

Today’s rain was welcome for the whole garden which was looking so dry, but especially the pumpkins which Phil has been weeding. He’ll soon begin trying to grow a square pumpkin in time for the Spookley Pumpkin Festival 25-31 October 2014 at Apley Farm Shop.

The gardens are looking more colourful this year, with marigolds, comfry, nasturciums, sweet peas, sunflowers, oriental poppies, cornflowers, Californian cornflowers, violas & antirrhinums (dragon flowers or snapdragons). Many of those are edible, so have been used in salads & as well as being great for attracting butterflies & bees.

The Polytunnel plastic is on its way, which will extend our planting season to be all year round, as well as increasing the range of what we can produce.

2014-07-30, AWG progress (18) 2014-07-30, AWG progress (14)Timber from the Apley bridge will be used for pathway edging & raised beds in the polytunnel as well as making drying & storage racks.

Sadly, the last of the peas got ruined by pea maggots. They were so delicious whilst they lasted, so hopefully they’ll do better next year in a new position in the garden.

Spring 2015 vegetables have been planted including cabbages, Bok Choi, lettuces, winter Eskimo carrots & beetroot. 


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