Spring at the Kitchen Garden is for preparing, sowing, planting and welcoming an increasing number of visitors. Ten dedicated volunteers keep the garden in good order and ready for a busy year of food production. Last year the garden produce brought in more than £450 in donations from visitors, money which is needed for compost, seeds and the various day to day maintenance of the site. Children and parents from Brilliant Play and Mandarin Ducklings are regular contributors to the gardening project, bringing fresh interest and ideas each week. 

Planting early potatoes

The growing season is short and food-growers  must make the most of it by starting crops off under cover. This year, however, has been mild and more typical of the current climate in which, for the last decade, the temperature for growing is a month longer than in the 1960's to 1990's

Clockwise from top left: broad bean, pump, bay tree, fruit cage, chitting potato, red currant from cuttings.

We are grateful to English Heritage for the opportunity to cultivate this lovely site. The new Marble Hill Revived project will provide a new perspective on the Kitchen Garden, which will keep growing!