In these very strange times of Covid-19 lockdown The Garden House has been very quiet, but we can share some of the hidden gems and seasonal sights that you have been missing. For example, the orchard has been looking magical!
The orchard in the evening at the end of April 2020
A honey bee at work on the apple blossom
Since the lockdown has been in effect, we have put extra effort into making the garden as productive as possible and have been donating fresh produce to local people in these difficult times.
Lettuce ‘Winter Density’ with ‘Salad Bowl’ starting to come through for succession
Seeds growing in module trays on capillary matting. With limited bought compost, we have been successfully using about 2/3 homemade compost with 1/3 proprietary compost on top. This has worked well to reduce the amount of weeds coming through from our homemade unsterilised compost – reducing problems of seedling identification and competition for nutrients
Salad crop – Lettuce ‘Winter Density’, Red Mustard and Mizuna
Radish crop sown by volunteers
Garlic looking strong in April 2020
Radishes ‘Prinz Rotin’ (red) and ‘Ping Pong’ (white)
The clear skies, due to lack of aircraft, have been glorious!
Sky over the estate clear of aircraft contrails during the Covid-19 lockdown
Around the estate, numerous flowers and shrubs have been cheerfully blooming.
Stitchwort growing wild in the woodland
Gorse in flower
Perennial wallflowers and forget-me-nots
As we were recently asked to create some kind of digital communication by one of our partner organisations for their clients, it led to a video diary being produced. Now that we have made one, maybe more will come!