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

Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

Fri 16 Nov 2018
All hand-made, all local and all you need for Christmas.

Sunday Roast Lunches

Sun 18 Nov 2018
Enjoy one of our delicious Sunday roast lunches in the stables café. Made using local produce, much of it grown in our very own Kitchen Garden, it's the perfect way to warm up after your winter walk and treat yourself after exploring everything...

Christmas Food and Drink Fair

Sat 24 Nov 2018
Stuck for ideas for the perfect present? At our Food and Drink Fair, you'll find small brewers and vineyards, selling by the glass and bottle, and stalls with locally sourced foods and edible gifts. So not only can you pick up the perfect gift,...

Old, Odd and Outstanding Trees- a walk with our rangers

Sat 24 Nov 2018
In celebration of National Tree Week, this walk will focus on our champion tree collection; taking in everything from the largest Turkey Oak in the country, to one of the first giant redwoods to be planted in Britain.

An invitation to Christmas at Knightshayes

Sat 01 Dec 2018
No Christmas is complete without a touch of the Knightshayes festive magic.

Christmas trail & craft activity

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Get crafty and keep the kids busy in the stables when visiting Knightshayes this Christmas. Make something to take home with you to help decorate your house, and follow our trail around the house and garden to keep your little ones busy whilst...