20 July 2017. Featured photo is a Comma butterfly on a potato plant. See all pics on flickr. Six volunteers were busy with the harvest at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park: spinach, french beans, mangetout, Shetland Black and Ratte potatoes and beetroot. The combination of warmth and rain has given a great boost to growth.
Prisoners of war were amongst those who worked to keep the country fed and functioning during and after the Second World War. Stuart Derrington wrote to us about the photo (featured and below) from his wife's family album:
I attach the photo that we have of [my wife's] father HEINRICH (HENRY) SITZBERGER who is second on left in the back row, to his right on the end is WILLI PAULOWSKI.
We think that the photo would have taken about 1946/7 when he was working there at Cheeseman's.
13 July 2017. See pics on flickr. Local chef Mikala McCormick sourced produce from the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park today for our Taste of Richmond event on Saturday – tickets available here! We are proud to supply onions, garlic, chard, herbs and a selection of edible and decorative flowers to be cut on the actual day.
6 July 2017. See pics on flickr. Today we welcomed two community plot-holders, our most enthusiastic customer for garden produce and groups of children and adults from the Mandarin Ducklings nursery and the Marble Hill Playgroup. Last week's produce had been eagerly taken by visitors to the Coach House Cafe and other customers. More than £43 in donations was brought back to the office.
29 June 2017. Six volunteers were busy today with a harvest of spinach, early potatoes, cabbages, peas, black currants and beetroot, with an array of jams, chutneys and jellies made by Ruth from garden produce including rhubarb and currants. See pics on flickr. We took more than £34 in donations from customers at the Coach House cafe and our regular visitors to the garden.
22 Jun 2017. Today we harvested plenty of beetroot; red, white and black currants from the heritage fruit bushes; and onions. We found a modest crop of early potatoes in the bed near the large beech tree, which was pleasing because we could not expect much from a relatively shaded area. Other smaller harvests were rhubarb, peas and mangetout, cabbage and spinach. Our loyal customer Tricia took a large bag of produce and we put a tray on display at the Coach House cafe.
It promises to be a good year for soft fruit with white currants weighing their branches to the ground and plentiful yields from black and red currants. Pics on flickr. Today's jobs for six hard-working volunteers included strengthening defences around the strawberries: although much of the green fruit had already been stripped we will save what we can. Last Friday I saw a fox in the fruit enclosure and it has made its path through one of the currant bushes, which is partially flattened but not destroyed.
8 June 2017. High winds on Tuesday had thankfully caused no damage at the Kitchen Garden in Marble Hill Park, although a small tree outside in the park had been blown down. The tumbling tomatoes that flowered well have begun to bear fruit (title picture). See pics on flickr. The capsicums in the raised bed are now beginning to flower and you can see the shape of a pepper even at the flowering stage.
7 June 2017. We were delighted to welcome a dozen visitors from Stepping On Out, the Teddington-based charity best known for producing greetings cards made by adults with learning disabilities. See pics of the visit on flickr. On this visit people learned how to harvest onions that were planted last October and that have now reached an impressive girth. We planted tomato seedlings and made sure they had plenty of water to settle them into the earth.
1 June 2017. Six dedicated volunteers carried on the work of tending the Kitchen Garden at Marble Hill Park. See pics on flickr. Red-currants have ripened, some peas were ready to pick and the rhubarb has recovered. There was not yet a big enough harvest to offer to park users but we paid a visit to the cafe to check that they can accommodate a small table of produce this year and we are delighted that it will be possible.