Vallum Kitchen Garden

Rabbit, rabbit…

Rabbit, rabbit…

The birds are doing their best to eat the sprouting kaibroc before us so we are having to take drastic measures in the shape of the return of Harry the hawk. He is handsome, tame and is actually a kite ...

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Hey, little hen

Hey, little hen

This month, we are mostly obsessing about our beautiful new Sussex hens, courtesy of James Baty at North Acomb Farm, where we first saw them when they were mere chicks. The first sun of the year has also brought about ...

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Spring is on the way!

Spring is on the way!

Oh my goodness, we are hanging out for springtime… I walked through Corbridge the other day and the crocuses were psychedelic against the dismal winter colours, the sun was out – the promise of spring and everything turning green is ...

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Fristy frosty!

Fristy frosty!

The whole garden has been cloaked in sparkle dust today. We had to stop picking the kale mid-December as it had stopped regenerating with the lower temperatures and it doesn’t look like picking up anytime soon. The sprouting broccoli started ...

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Cold comfort

Cold comfort

It’s so cold we barely want to go out in the garden and pick at the moment. But the bonus is the sunrises and our chef Richard in the Tea Room has been sharing his early morning sunrise and kale ...

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In the dark

In the dark

Having just returned from a very relaxing, sea-tastic and majorly foodie holiday in Cornwall it has been quite tricky to get back into work mode. After a wedding for 150 (the loveliest couple) and Sunday lunch for 100 the next ...

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Hot stuff

Hot stuff

Between planting, picking and serving all the produce from our kitchen garden, our newest team member, Richard Jack, head chef of our Tea Room, has been toiling in the heat with my husband Peter to keep the cogs turning. There have ...

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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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