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October 3, 2014 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden progress photos

2014-09-19, Neil Harrison AWG photos (94) Volunteer Rose Duncombe through log entrance2014-09-19, Neil Harrison AWG photos (44) Phil checking cabbagesThese wonderful Apley Walled Garden progress photos have been very recently taken by Neil Harrison (, who as I’ve mentioned before on this blog, has been photographing our recent Apley events.

Firstly, the last Open Tour this year is on Tues 7 Oct. Meet Phil Allen at the Farm Shop entrance 10am.

Planting of salad leaves in the polytunnel will start on Friday when our wonderful volunteers are next there to help Phil. Welcome to our new volunteer Jonathan, who was a teacher & came on a recent tour. They’ll be growing all year round lettuce, early peas, early onions, Spring onions which grow over the winter.

Our 400 racer pumpkins are ready to cut, eat, carve & display – perfect for the Spookley Pumpkin Festival which runs 18-19 & 25-31 October, coinciding with half term week.

Even though it’s not been the best year for apples, we still have plenty of Discovery, Fiesta & Bramleys, coming from various orchards around the Estate.

Phil has bought 5kg of garlic bulbs, so tomorrow, the purple garlic cloves will be planted. Lord Hamilton (husband Gavin) will then be able to smoke his pheasant & partridges with Apley’s own garlic – all done in our own game processing building.

The crop report for this week includes:

  • Apples – Various eating varieties & Bramley cooking apples
  • Beans – French, Purple Teepee
  • Beans – Runner, Pole Star
  • Beetroot – Chioggia, Detroit & Golden beet
  • Cabbage (Bison)
  • Carrots – Chanteney, Mixed colour & Eskimo
  • Celeriac (Prinz)
  • Chard (Rainbow)
  • Chives
  • Coriander
  • Fennel – Sweet & Romanesque
  • Flowers, edible (mixed varieties)
  • Kale – Red Bor
  • Leeks – Jolant
  • Lettuces – Little Gem, All Year Round & Saladin, iceberg
  • Mint (Spearmint)
  • Onions – Red Baron & Stuttgart
  • Parsnips (Hollow Crown)
  • Pears
  • Plums (Victoria)
  • Potatoes – International kidney
  • Pumpkins – Racer
  • Rocket – Cultivated
  • Rosemary
  • Sage
  • Shallot – Zebrune
  • Spinach – Red boar & Missouri
  • Spring onions – Ishikura, White Lisbon & North Holland
  • Sweet peas (Scented)
  • Sweetcorn (Mini pops)
  • Thyme
  • Tomatoes (Heritage)

To make a special order of any Walled Garden produce, contact us in one of these ways: or call / text Phil Allen on 07746 01 30 50. Or try Apley Farm Shop’s office on 01952 730 345, option 6 or

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