Weekly Kitchen Garden Blog - First Asparagus Harvest

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Here at Stephanie’s Kitchen Garden this week we will be planting our brassicas into our vegetable cage. We have some lovely healthy young brussel sprout, broccoli and kale plants that have been hardening off in our cold frame and are now ready to be planted into their final growing places.

We use a trug of compost and mix fish, blood and bone, lime and some crushed eggshells into it and then add this mixture to the planting holes before planting. The lime and eggshells will hopefully help prevent the dreaded clubroot. After planting we will add a cabbage collar around each plant to protect against cabbage root fly. 

Asparagus Image

Also this week, we are potting our greenhouse crops into their final pots. Aubergines and peppers are planted in quadgrows and tomatoes into tomato success kits, tomato towers and plant halos in the greenhouse border. These will all help to keep the plants supplied with plenty of water when required.

Exciting times this week as we are harvesting our very first asparagus - a real treat and one of my own favourites.

Stephanie's Simple Asparagus Recipe 

In honour of this occasion, and the lovely natural flavour of the asparagus, Stephanies's recipe this week is very simple...

Simply lightly steam the asparagus spears and serve with a soft boiled egg...pure decadence!

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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