Spring in the Community Kitchen Gardens

The Community Kitchen Gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall

Spring is a busy time for the team in the Community Kitchen Gardens, with seeds to sow and beds to dress it's all hands on deck for the volunteers...

The big seed sow is under way! Volunteers are busy planting to ensure we get an even more colourful display in the Cutting Garden this year. 

New for this season are sweet peas Nimbus and Flora Robson, which we hope will mix well with old favourites Midnight and Elegant Ladies - all have a delicious scent!

We are also preparing plenty of trays of Clary and Cerinthe which are really popular with visitors. 

The dahlia, dried over winter, have been split and potted up.  We are keeping them frost free and hoping for signs of new shoots soon. 

The Herb Garden has grown amazingly in the past two years.  We have begun cutting back and dividing the more vigorous plants and there will be plenty more to do as Spring progresses. 

The manure has arrived at last and beds and allotment plots are being top dressed – always a favourite job!

Next on the task list is to wash out the greenhouse.  This is its second season and we hope to be more adventurous preparing tomatoes, peppers and chillies to grow on along with salad crops. There will also be space for the allotmenteers to bring on their vegetable seedlings.

We are looking forward to meeting up with plot holders shortly, with cakes and coffee to share plans and ideas.

And of course there are the usual tidy up tasks – weeding beds and paths and edging. Pop in on your visit, say hello to the team and ask us what we've been up to - we're always happy to chat to our visitors and let them know what's going on in the Community Kitchen Gardens! We hope to see you soon.