The Kitchen Garden in May

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

Growing the tomatoes. Unripe tomatoes in the vegetable garden

Summer is finally making an appearance. For the gardeners among us, it’s one of the busiest months, as the plant growth increases and the weather keeps us on our toes! Sunny warm days inevitably bring on rapid growth in the kitchen garden, just as with other gardens and lawns. However, the warmer weather also encourages the weeds and garden pests … Read More

The Victorian Kitchen Garden

Samantha PillingThe Gardens

victorian kitchen garden

The kitchen garden at Grim’s Dyke enables us to supply fresh fruit, vegetables, edible flowers and herbs for our restaurant, as well as provide a rich environment for wild bees, insects and animals – and during Gilbert’s time, this wouldn’t have been any different. The Victorian kitchen garden was a work of art, run by its king – the head … Read More

What’s happening in the Grim’s Dyke gardens during June?

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June Garden

I’ve joined our lovely Head Gardener Helenka, for my monthly stroll around the grounds of Grim’s Dyke. It’s a chance, not only to catch up with Helenka but also to find out what’s happening in the kitchen garden, orchard and grounds generally, during the month of June. Green springing up everywhere! When it comes to green growth, you can’t fail … Read More

What’s happening in the Grim’s Dyke garden during April?

Samantha PillingLatest News, The Gardens

I’ve been speaking to the lovely head gardener at BEST WESTERN The Grim’s Dyke Hotel, Helenka. She’s been with us for 7 years now, and ensures our kitchen is kept topped up with only the best organic produce. Helena recently walked me around the kitchen garden and the orchard to show me what’s happening during April. Spring is in the … Read More