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The vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Produce and root vegetable harvest in the Vegetable Garden
Produce and root vegetable harvest in the Vegetable Garden | © National Trust Images/Olivia Steed Mundin

The vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle was created in 2008 and has been evolving since then into the plot that you see today, but there’s more to it than just a few vegetables. 

Our work

It is a busy, productive and beautiful space, bursting with fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit. Organic and ecological sound principles are at the heart of what we do. We grow using the No Dig method, use companion plants and cultural control instead of chemicals, and use locally sourced materials such as hazel supporters from the Sissinghurst Estate and water from our borehole. We are very proud that we achieved Organic accreditation in 2023 from the Soil Association.

We harvest every morning, wheeling the produce just a few metres down to the kitchen, where it is used by our chefs to produce meals for visitors. It can also be purchased by visitors in the shop. Each punnet or bag purchased helps us to do important conservation work at Sissinghurst every day.

From plot to plate

We are proud of our methods of using harvested vegetables from the plot in our delicious meals we serve in our Granary Restaurant

Harvested vegetables from Sissinghurst Castle Garden
A collection of harvested vegetables from Sissinghurst Castle Garden | © National Trust Images/Olivia Steed-Mundin

From plot...

A selection of the produce harvested from the Veg Garden.

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Organic Gardening

Organic gardening is more than just not using chemicals. It is an integrated approach to gardening which aims to enhance biodiversity, improve soil health and follow excellent growing practices. The idea is that by doing these things, you enhance the growing environment, boost your plant health and thereby eliminate the need for chemicals. Our vegetable garden is a great place to come to learn more about organic gardening.

What is no-dig gardening?

We use the 'no dig' method for growing vegetables, piling mulch or compost on top of the soil annually, rather than digging it in. This is very successful at Sissinghurst, where our heavy Wealden clay soil is hard to work. On an environmental scale, by leaving the soil undisturbed, carbon remains locked in and therefore reduces emission into the atmosphere.

Reasons why using no-dig is beneficial here at Sissinghurst


We can reduce the germination of weed seeds due to them not being brought to the surface and exposed to the light


Preserving beneficial fungi and bacteria, such as mycorrhizae, enables them to form a symbiotic relationship with plants and extract nutrients and water, even in unfavourable soil conditions


The number of worms and other soil fauna increases, which in turn aerate the soil

More reasons to visit

It's a little visited, yet hugely busy part of Sissinghurst, so when spending an hour or two here, why not wander up to the vegetable garden which enjoys uninterrupted views of the Kent countryside beyond.

For the view alone, it’s worth the detour, but you can also find a secluded spot for picnicking too, you can see all our fruit and vegetables growing and discover more about how we grow all the tasty produce that ends up on plates in the restaurant.

The early origins of the veg garden were far simpler than what you see today. The nearly four-acre field was originally set up with large productive beds, but in 2012 the large beds were separated into smaller 4ft-wide beds with narrow paths between them.

There have been many other improvements over the years. One of these is the introduction of two polytunnels, which mean that our less weather-resistant crops have a safe haven and an opportunity to thrive all year round.

The tower is seen through the branches of a magnolia tree, with a few pale pink flowers, at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

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