Ken's Veg – Vallum Kitchen Garden is transforming ahead of winter

VegOctoberThe seasons are changing and there’s a lot happening in the garden. We’ve got the last of our summer crops to harvest and we’re preparing for our first winter at Vallum, which is going to be quite a test – for us and the veg!

The last of our summer produce to crop includes tender micro nasturtium leaf and our eight variety micro-salad mix, and with them we’ll finish our outside growing for the year. That means everything moves inside and our poly tunnels get their first test of winter here on Hadrian’s Wall.

With the approach of winter comes the need for a heat supply, and we’re now installing a poly tunnel system rather like the under-floor heating some people are lucky enough to have at home (only the best for our veg!).

The heat will help us to grow our finest leafy produce when it’s cold outside, and our new automatic watering and feed system in the tunnels will make everything easier to manage when all we want to do is huddle by the fire.

I’m busting to reveal all regarding some new varieties going into the tunnels, but I’ve got to keep a lid on it just for now. Suffice to say, there are a handful of varieties that have never been grown in the UK before, so we’re going to make quite a splash about them when they crop. Watch this space…

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