Stephanie's Kitchen Garden Diary
Featuring hints, tips & gardening advice throughout the seasons
Welcome to Stephanie's Kitchen Garden
Designed by RHS Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner Tom Hoblyn for Harrod Horticultural MD Stephanie Harrod back in 2005. Stephanie's Kitchen Garden was set up primarily to trial various methods of growing fruit and vegetables and to share the knowledge gained with our customers. It has also given us the opportunity to develop and manufacture products to enable us to successfully grow flavour packed fruit and vegetables.
Echoing the Harrod Horticultural growing ethos, Stephanie's Kitchen Garden is cultivated completely organically by horticultural advisor and Kitchen Gardener Jo Blackwell. Working with Stephanie, Jo sets a yearly crop plan and uses seed and gardening supplies from our range to bring it to fruition. You can read - and no doubt empathise with - their monthly experiences in the diary entries below and pick up some growing tips too.
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November has been a cold and miserable month in the Kitchen Garden. The sun has put in a few brief appearances, but on the whole it has been damp and grey. However, whatever the weather, there is always plenty of work to be done. When the rain is pouring down, I head into the greenhouse and shed to catch up with the Big Winter Tidy Up.
The harvest has been gathered and stored and the big tidy up has begun in earnest in the Kitchen Garden this month.
September has been a busy month with the harvest in full swing in the Kitchen Garden. We've also had a taste of Winter weather which was quite a shock after the long hot summer. But at last some rain, so our waterbutts are full again and the garden is looking refreshed.
As I write this, the sun is beating down on yet another hot and sunny day. August has been a month of beautiful summer weather, but dare I say we are praying for some rain in the Harrod Kitchen Garden. The crops are revelling in the lovely warm conditions, but our water butts are now empty and we are using mains water for all our watering. A good rainfall would soon have the water butts full again...
Phew! What a scorcher July has been. Here in the Kitchen Garden temperatures have been soaring. Our crops have been thriving with so much sun and warmth and we have been harvesting aplenty. With the all watering, feeding and harvesting, it's been busy, busy, busy!