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

Sunday Roast Lunches

Sun 24 Mar 2019
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...

Mothering Sunday Lunch

Sun 31 Mar 2019
Bring mum along to Knightshayes and treat her to a day out that shows her how much you care.

Marvellous moths

Sat 06 Apr 2019
Are moths marvellous or monstrous? Find out all about these winged creatures at Knightshayes this Easter Holiday and make up your mind.

Easter Fun: Make a moth feeder

Tue 09 Apr 2019
Why not get crafty this Easter as well as do your bit to help attract some winged furry friends to your garden by making a moth feeder at Knightshayes.

Easter Fun: Make a home for a moth

Tue 16 Apr 2019
Gets hands-on this Easter whilst doing your bit for nature, by making a home for a moth or butterfly. Join us in the education room at the main house to have a go.

Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt

Fri 19 Apr 2019
Moths- these furry creatures aren't often paid much attention, but they're an important part of the wildlife at Knightshayes. Complete the trail to find out more about the moths we see at Knightshayes and win a chocolate prize