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The Kitchen Garden [early July 2011)

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Above: Giant Marrow [early July 2011)



Above: Rainbow Chard [early July 2011)
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KITCHEN GARDENS

From modest vegetable plots to a handsome, traditional potager, a practical kitchen garden can serve as a year-round, decorative centrepiece to your garden.

Edible gardens can be highly productive places which supply food, herbs and flowers for your home or business. They can also be an ornamental feature, displaying a diverse selection of plants and formal layout – combining beauty with practicality.

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BOOK: We recommend you read 'Ornamental Gardening' [top] by Sally Gregson, to learn more about the history of traditional kitchen gardens.

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Planting List
See what vegetables and herbs we are planting this Spring (2011) at London Syon Park. READ >
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PROJECT UPDATE: JUNE/JULY 2011
The Kitchen Garden has sprung into life this summer and freshly picked vegetables, salad leaves and herbs are already on the table in the Capability restaurant at London Syon Park. Latest photos to be posted very shortly. For weekly updates, read Robert's Blog or follow the conversation between Robert and Chef Lee Streeton.

  

Above left: In late June 2011, Robert Stoutzker and Lee Streeton inspect progress of the Kitchen Garden in its first year; and Above right:: Lee gives Robert a helping hand. The edilble Marigolds in the foreground taste wonderful and brighten salads


  

Above: Leeks and Rainbow carrots in the Kitchen Garden in early July 2011


     

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Just some of the produce in the Kitchen Garden this summer, from left: Edible Marigolds; Courgette Floridor; Borage Flowers; and Purple Milan turnips



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PROJECT UPDATE: APRIL/MAY 2011

We have been very busy during late spring planting-out and nurturing the garden. We will be posting a fresh update soon – along with the latest photos of the now flourishing landscape...




Above:
Early April, and the team begin measuring-out the kitchen garden
ready for seed planting

PROJECT UPDATE: MARCH/APRIL 2011

The Kitchen Garden (vegetables & soft fruit) has been fully prepared – 20 tonnes of soil conditioner (supplied by West London Composting) was rotovated in early this month. It is essential that vegetables are grown in rich, fertile soil in a sunny site. The richness of the soil can be influenced and enhanced in many ways – the most obvious of which is adding well rotted farm yard manure or compost...  Read More >

   

Above left: Additional fruit trees are being added to the rear of the Kitchen Garden area, flanked by an older brick wall – which marks the edge of the Syon Park estate – and which will be used to support beans during the summer months. [Fruit trees are best planted in the dormant season, ie. any time between October and late March.] Above right: Bay trees are being planted to create hedging on two sides, acting as a wind break and natural shield (March 2011)
See what we planted in Spring 2011 >


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PROJECT UPDATE: MARCH 2011
...I have gone down the compost route of spreading and then rotovating 20 tonnes of well composted green waste soil conditioner over the entire area. This should give me a balanced soil that will, from hereon in, have all its compost requirements served by the hotel’s green waste, making our garden extremely eco friendly. Farmyard manure is wonderful stuff as well, however I would have had difficulty in convincing the hotel to let me dump 20 tonnes of the stuff in the tradesmans car park!

March is a very busy time for vegetable gardeners and the Hotel’s greenhouse is going to be a hive of activity as we start to propagate our season’s cucumber, courgettes, marrows, pumpkins and herb just to name a few. In all, something like 1,500 seeds are going to be started off over the next few weeks. The rest of the vegetable seeds will be sown direct during the coming months to optimise the succession harvesting season
. REPORT BY ROBERT STOUTZKER


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Above: Lee Streeton at work with Robert Stoutzker finalising plans for the Kitchen Garden area now that the soil has been reconditioned and rotovated-in (March 2011)



 
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Planting List
 
VEGETABLES                                        
HARVEST                                        
Beet Boltardy
JULY – OCTOBER
Beet Detroit Globe
JULY – OCTOBER
Beet Detroit White
JULY – OCTOBER
Beet Golden JULY – OCTOBER
Broccoli Summer Purple
AUGUST – SEPTEMBER
Broccoli Purple Sprouting Late  
APRIL – MAY
Broccoli Purple Sprouting Early
MARCH – APRIL
Brussel Sprouts F1 Revenge
DECEMBER – FEBRUARY
FRAGRANT HERBS
SOFT ANNUAL HERBS






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