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Kitchen gardener for the Darsham Nurseries Cafe. Seedaholic. Grower and lover of food and flowers.

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In Fine Fettle

Its been perfect planting out conditions here in Suffolk for the last couple of weeks with regular rain and sunshine. The summer planting is close to completion and it’s a good time to capture and record the potager in this third week of June. The planted rhubarb at the perimeter has greatly helped reduce the damage this year from those darned rabbits. I have stepped gleefully over a few perfectly poisoned corpses in the field in the last few weeks.

We have had a lean period of harvesting lately which is always anxiety provoking. I guess it’s a bit like running a kitchen and no plates of food being produced. Thankfully the morning boxes have started to fill again. The Autumn sown broad beans are in full swing and are usually my favourites on the menu. But this week I savoured a dish of raw peas served with a pistachio dip all scooped up with a yogurt flatbread. Food of the gods indeed. There is nothing quite like a homegrown pea. The potager is in fine fettle at the moment. Here is a more detailed look:

Kohl Rabi 'Gigante' forming well with the regular rainfall.

Kohl Rabi ‘Gigante’ forming well with the regular rainfall.

A box a day at the moment of the Autumn sown broad beans.

A box a day at the moment of the Autumn sown broad beans.

THe combination of an artichoke and Dianthus barbatus 'Sooty'.

The combination of an artichoke and Dianthus barbatus ‘Sooty’.

The black podded peas are nearly ready and so is their companion Ammi 'Graceland'

The black podded peas are nearly ready and so is their deservedly elegant companion Ammi ‘Graceland’

The beans were attacked by snails and replanted. Finally they are romping up the hazel rods.

The beans were attacked by snails and replanted. Finally they are romping up the hazel rods.

The early summer greens of radichetta, radicchio, wild rocket and chicory 'Sugar Loaf' are doing really well.c

The early summer greens of radichetta, radicchio, wild rocket and chicory ‘Sugar Loaf’ are doing really well.

If timed correctly this radicchio and rudbeckia should make a good colour combination.

If timed correctly this radicchio and rudbeckia should make a good colour combination.

'Agretti' (Monks Beard) is responding well to regular snips. Hopefully this will feature on the menu now a couple of time a week.

‘Agretti’ (Monks Beard) is responding well to regular snips. Hopefully this will feature on the menu now a couple of times a week.

Tiny courgettes swelling daily with the rain.

Tiny courgettes swelling daily with the rain.

'Piccolo' peas, I can vouch for their deliciousness.

‘Piccolo’ peas, I can vouch for their deliciousness.

Scarlet kale, Orach and cornflower 'Black Ball' are starting to merge well.

Scarlet kale, Orach and cornflower ‘Black Ball’ are starting to merge well.

A wave of happy onions.

A wave of happy onions.

This new kale 'Seaweed' is stunning. It's probably the most attractive kale we have ever grown.

This new kale ‘Seaweed’ is stunning. It’s probably the most attractive kale we have ever grown.

The leaf chicory 'Puntarelle' has proved easy to grow and slug and snail resistant. It's a looker too.

The leaf chicory ‘Puntarelle’ has proved easy to grow and so far has proved slug and snail resistant. It’s a looker too.

It's the second year of these French strawberries. 'Gariguette' looks like it's going to give a really good yield.

It’s the second year of these French strawberries. ‘Gariguette’ looks like it’s going to give a really good yield.

We planted lots or artichokes into the natural clay soil here as a bit of an experiment. They have thrived and will probably feature on the menu regularly.

We planted lots or artichokes into the natural clay soil here as a bit of an experiment. They have thrived and will probably feature on the menu regularly.

Salanova lettuces sitting prettily with lobelia 'Waterfall Blue'.

The truly astonishing super-lettuce ‘Salanova’ is admired daily while sitting prettily alongside lobelia ‘Waterfall Blue’.

We have been busy in the polytunnel too.

Rows and rows of precious tomatoes.

Rows and rows of precious tomatoes.

The very first cucumber...one of many!

The very first cucumber…one of many!

Kitchen lemons just starting to form.

Kitchen lemons just starting to form.

Even though the summer season hasn’t fully kicked off yet it’s actually time to sit and plan some of the winter vegetable planting. It seems that only a blink ago that these vegetable seeds were ordered and sown. Back to the seed catalogues I go…

I am trying to not repeat any errors and learn lessons from every season. Note to self: You are not growing radicchios for the whole of Suffolk, just Darsham Nurseries Cafe and maybe, just maybe 3000 spring onions was ever so slightly excessive.

limegarden@sky.com • 19th June 2016


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2 Comments on In Fine Fettle

Simone Harch said : Guest Report 12 months ago

Your garden looks truly amazing. The crops are so much further advanced than in my northern garden. How do the purple mange tout compare to the standard green, they look stunning. Simone

Niamh said : Guest Report 12 months ago

They are black podded peas, Spring sown. We are waiting to see if they taste as good as they look. Thanks for commenting, come see us if you ever come south.

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