Rich pickings at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

A view into the veg garden at Sissinghurst

Now that we have mulched all the beds for winter, it is time for us to turn our attention to our plans for the garden for next season.

The winter pruning of our fruit trees and bushes has commenced, to ensure both healthy and fruitful plants. Although all may seem quiet in the main vegetable garden, our polytunnels are still productive  with fresh winter salads aplenty for the restaurant.

The winter months also provide us with time to scour the seed catalogues looking for fresh ideas and new exciting varieties to introduce into the garden– exciting times ahead.

Sowing

Sweet Peas– It is time for us to sow this hardy annual. These highly scented blooms will be later be transplanted out onto the vegetable garden to attract those essential pollinators to our fruit area.

Aubergine– We will be starting to sow next season’s aubergines over the next couple of months. The variety ‘Black Beauty’ proved to be very successful for us last season.

Harvesting

Brussel Sprouts– Our winter veg is now coming into its own. We ae harvesting  these flavoursome delights for the restaurant. The variety  we grow is ‘F1 Bosworth’– an RHS AGM early maturing variety.

Parsnips– We are  harvesting our direct sown parsnips. We have grown ‘F1 Gladiator’ this year, and they certainly seem to live up to their name.

Winter Salads– Our polytunnels provide the perfect conditions for us to grow ‘cut and come again’ salad crops during the winter. 

New Voluntary Internship at Sissinghurst’s Vegetable Garden

A new opportunity has arisen in the Vegetable Garden, working alongside the vegetable garden team you will assist in the development of the no-dig productive garden, helping us to produce an abundance of fresh fruit and vegetables for the on-site restaurant, and providing the visitors with an experience that will make them want to return time and time again. For further information please see our website.