Kitchen Garden Blog - harvest is continuing in earnest

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Kitchen Garden 070715This week In Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden we will be harvesting our blackcurrants in the fruit cage.  This is such a low maintenance crop, with the bushes needing very little attention through the year.  We usually harvest two big trug fulls of fruit from our 3 plants and use it to make delicious juice and coulis.

Our crops are enjoying the current heatwave, and next week we will be continuing to water them to make sure they don’t suffer in the extreme heat.  Our irrigation is on timers to water the beds at night when the temperatures are slightly lower, in order to avoid evaporation.  We are certainly noticing a surge in growth since the warm weather arrived.

The harvest is continuing in earnest and next week we will be enjoyin broccoli, spinach, salad leaves, tomatoes, cucumbers, tayberries, raspberries, blueberries, peas and mange tout.  Quite a feast!

New from the staff greenhouse at Harrod HQ:

We have 4 raised beds in the staff garden as well as lots of pots and a raised bed table to grow in.  We have a greenhouse which is currently under cover with greenhouse shading. When we were all in there yesterday it was hot hot hot! 

We have blackfly on the broad beans! Disaster so we have been busy spraying with Insect killer to try to save our crops. 


Meet the Author: Jo Blackwell
Jo Blackwell

Jo Blackwell is our well-established Horticultural Advisor and the Kitchen Gardener in Stephanie's Victorian style Kitchen Garden. She caught the gardening bug when she bought her first home 21 years ago. Her first greenhouse soon followed and she later gained an allotment.

As well as tending the Harrod Horticultural Gardens, she enjoys maintaining her own vegetable plot at home. She has been a gardener for Harrod Horticultural for over 4 years now and has a wealth of experience in organic vegetable growing, ornamental gardening and in using all Harrod products.


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