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March 9, 2015 / Apley Estate - Hamiltons

Apley Walled Garden progress

New holly hedge at Apley Walled Garden

New holly hedge at Apley Walled Garden

Red spinach in tunnel

Red spinach in tunnel

2015-08-03, Pak choi in tunnel

Pak choi in tunnel

2015-08-03, Radish in tunnel

Radish in tunnel

2015-19-02, seed germination

Seed germination

 

Mustard in melon house

Mustard in melon house

Last week, I caught up with Phil Allen, Head Gardener, who’s looking forward to hosting the first two 2015 tours 2 tours already booked – one is for a bus full of 29 keen gardeners & the other is for a group of 10 gardening friends. To book a private tour, click HERE.

Phil is mainly focussing on ground preparation at the moment, manuring & sowing salad crops in the polytunnels & greenhouse. He’s growing claytonia winter salad leaves against the north wall, where it will remain cool enough for them to continue growing even in the warmer summer months. He began these in the melon pit, transferred them to the greenhouse & they’ll be planted out in mid March.

Rotavating & top dressed with pellets of chicken manure. This stirs up the soil’s weed seeds, so Phil will wait for the weeds to grow & then burn them off with a flame gun before planting.

Coming up very soon on Wednesday 25 March is the first Apley Walled Garden beginners’ gardening course. It runs from 10am (meet 9.30am) until 4pm & includes a 2 course lunch in The Creamery Café at Apley Farm Shop. For more details, click HERE.

The first day of the Apley Three Seasons Gardening course is Wednesday 15 April. It’s worth remembering, you don’t have to attend all 3 dates. The Summer course day is Wednesday 17 June & the Autumn day Wednesday 14 October. For more details, click HERE.

Gavin sent me this photo of the new holly hedge, now that the fallen spruces from the shelter-belt surrounding the Garden have been cleared.

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