Plant of the Month : September 2018
The new Fruit and Vegetable Garden in the Children’s Farmyard is drawing lots of interest from visitors. Flowers have also been incorporated, including dwarf Buddleja, Sweet Williams and the ever-popular sunflowers: the bees and butterflies are enjoying these nectar sources and ensure the fruiting plants are pollinated.
Plants that require plenty of sun to ripen, such as tomatoes, aubergines, peppers and chillies are grown opposite the barn entrance, a site that benefits from the hottest part of the day. The ‘cucurbits’ (cucumbers, courgettes, pumpkins, squashes, melons) have been allowed to scramble amongst other plants and the curved screen of hazel hurdles has been used to full advantage with vines, peach, tomatoes, kiwis, goji berries, gooseberries and blackberries trained onto the structure.
The adjacent Pumpkin Patch is full of promise, with two varieties being grown this year: ‘Dill’s Giant Atlantic’ and the colourful ‘Rouge vit d’Etampes’. We hope they will be super-sized by the time the Gardens and Grounds team create their annual Pumpkin display in October!