Vallum Kitchen Garden

Feel the heat

Feel the heat

I don’t know what the weather is like when you are reading this but I am writing this column during a full-on heat wave! This morning I went to walk the Whiplington (half whippet, half Bedlington and far too posh ...

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Tunnels of love

Tunnels of love

We’ve dragged our feet this spring preparing for planting, but thanks to our new tea room chef, Richard Jack, and a few willing friends we’ve nailed the polytunnels and we’re ready to plant. So far we’ve been harvesting a some ...

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Purple reign

Purple reign

With Vallum’s Vicky Moffitt The purple-sprouting broccoli at Vallum is insane. It’s like being in a virtual reality world down here in the garden, and it’s been a bumper crop this year. The colours are amazing and we can’t do enough ...

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Where has winter gone?

Where has winter gone?

My goodness – what is going on? Alicante beach was white with snow while the first shoots of 2017 were showing in Northumberland according to our foraging chef Jonny. When we caught up about menus he was blitzing said shoots ...

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Watch the birdie

Watch the birdie

We have been completely frosted over here today. It was -1C when I came in on the bread shift at 4.45am and when the sun rose it felt so Christmassy!   My friend and guru for all things game – ...

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Veggie bakes

Veggie bakes

Today I made bread. I’m in training with young Phil the baker here at Vallum Bakery, which brings with it the dubious advantage of being up with the lark – and today’s sunrise was spectacular! We make six varieties of bread ...

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Summer’s fayre

Summer’s fayre

Vicky celebrates the late season harvest This month has been everything we had dreamed of and more; Vallum Kitchen Garden has been awash with colour and has given us the most fantastic rolling harvest.   The best of our home-grown produce ...

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Wet, wet, wet

Wet, wet, wet

It’s all rain in the Kitchen Garden It’s pouring down today – again!  After the driest May on record we seem to have had more than our fair share of rain in June and the pesky slug is on the ...

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It’s snow joke

It’s snow joke

The cold snap hits the Kitchen Garden Can you believe the weather? Snow in May! Thank goodness Mark hadn’t planted out his seedlings when it fell. We’ve been harvesting rocket, rainbow chard, sorrel, viola flowers, broad bean tops and the ...

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Hey, little hen…

Hey, little hen…

It’s cold outside, but the hens are laying Hello again from Vallum in what’s been a very frosty month. Our gardener Caroline made the journey over a few weeks ago to start preparing for spring planting, only to find it exasperatingly frozen ...

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