Autumn harvest in the Kitchen Garden

Butternut squashes laid out to rest after being harvested in kitchen garden at Knightshayes

Every year, it seems that summer passes more and more quickly. After the hive of activity in June and July the garden is finally mellowing in to Autumn. As the nights grow cooler, the gardeners finally adjust their pace and the weeds (thankfully) begin to slow their growth. The gardeners are always astounded by the abundance of produce at this time of year and autumn is a rewarding season indeed.

Rich pickings

As September hits, the potato rows are almost all harvested and we start to keep a keen eye on the jungle-like squash and pumpkin beds. As the vines begin to slump, they reveal jewel-like colours and all the excitement of Halloween to come, where the pumpkins we grow will be used to decorate the house.
At the start of autumn there are many of the treats of late summer such as succulent figs and juicy raspberries, cucumbers continue under cover and tropical treats like Cape Gooseberries give up their fruits. It’s a busy but bounteous harvesting time with onions and garlic drying in our polytunnels, marrows tucked away in the mushroom house and into October, the rooty goodness of celeriac and parsnips start to head over to the Stables café.

Early autumn is also a time for pruning the pears and apples. As autumn progresses, we start to cut things back and gradually rediscover the more orderly geometric structure of the gardens design under the blousy layers of summer growth. October and November can be a satisfying time of tidying and mulching; an investment towards the productivity of next year.

The first of the squash harvest at Knightshayes
Harvested squashes laid out on table by gardeners
The first of the squash harvest at Knightshayes

Getting ready for the first Terrific Tomatoes event.

Upcoming events

Inspirations from Knightshayes

Wed 17 Jul 2019
An embroidery exhibition by West Country Embroiderers Border Group

Amazing maze quest

Wed 24 Jul 2019
Navigate your way through the school holidays solving our mazes, games and puzzles through the garden. Tangle yourself up in the rope maze and flex your problem solves skills with our maze mats- designed to challenge the whole family. Who can...

Mid Devon Show

Sat 27 Jul 2019
Join us for another of co-hosting the popular Mid Devon Show. This award winning traditional agricultural show, showcases the very best of country living. You will be spoilt for choice with eight hours of nonstop entertainment and an adventure...

Terrific tomato day

Sat 07 Sep 2019
Join us for our annual celebration of all thing Tomato at Knightshayes.

Heritage Open Day- Free entry for non members

Sat 14 Sep 2019
Join us for a taster of Knightshayes, with free entry for Heritage Open Day. Find out what's special about this gothic revival mansion and its acres of award winning garden and parkland- and discover what you're missing out on. With tours of...