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

Astronomical autumn trail

Sat 19 Oct 2019
As the nights start to draw in, it’s the perfect time to find out a bit more about the sky above us at night. What can you see, where and why?

Inspirations from Knightshayes

Sat 19 Oct 2019
An embroidery exhibition by West Country Embroiderers Border Group

Crafting for Christmas

Sun 20 Oct 2019
Help us celebrate the Knightshayes Christmas range

Spooky Storytelling

Tue 22 Oct 2019
Join us in the house for some family fun, listening to some haunting tales from the characters themselves.

Four of Swords- Doctor Dracula

Wed 23 Oct 2019
This immersive theatre production will examine the role of vampires in Gothic literature, and their connection with a cutting-edge, medical understanding of blood in the 21st century.

Pre-Theatre Two Course meal for Doctor Dracula show

Wed 30 Oct 2019
If you're booked to see Doctor Dracula at 8.30pm, why not join us a little earlier for a homemade, delicious meal made using both local and estate grown produce.