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29 October 2015
Hedgehogs are a quintissential part of the British Countryside but find themselves in danger, with numbers dropping. This video shows what the Workhouse Garden Volunteers, along with the RHS and a local school, have been doing lately to improve the Garden to make it a much more welcoming home for our spikey little friends. Another appearance too from our growing local celebrity gardener Nick Thompson.
06 August 2014
Heritage vegetables from the workhouse garden have been appearing on the menu at Lockwoods Restaurant in Ripon. Potatoes “Duke of York", broad beans, “Bunyards Exhibition” lettuce, “Spotted or Bloody Cos” lettuce and dwarf green beans have proved popular with the chefs and diners.
More of our vegetables/salads and fruit will be featured in the summer menu at the restaurant and also at the Lockwoods pop up restaurant event to be held in the workhouse garden itself on Sat 16th August. Details are available on the museums events page and from Lockwoods restaurant
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30 October 2013
The Wild Flower Meadow capture over twelve months
07 February 2013
It is not unsurprising that during the dark days of winter very little has happened in the garden, however things are already stirring.
In January we were very pleased to acquire about a ton of wood chippings which several volunteers came out of hibernation to barrow into the garden. The wood chippings were then spread as mulch on part of our shrubbery border by a team of volunteers from the Mental Health Recovery Group. This team also helped garden volunteers to lift the remaining turf from the area that is to be sown as more wild flower meadow. The turf was all stacked to make a loam heap which will be a good resource for the garden in the future. The team seemed to enjoy themselves and their help was gratefully received, I hope that we will see them again
After this early burst of activity the snow arrived and the garden looked quite spectacular for a day or to ---- not a weed in sight.
In the Autumn we established a useful contact with the National Trust’s Clumber Park Walled Garden who help our local NT garden Harlow Carr with preserving the National Collection of Rhubarb.
We have one variety called Victoria in our garden that was grown from seed and on discovering that Clumber Park had a variety called Prince Albert it seemed appropriate that he should be introduced to our garden, which duly happened in the Autumn when one of the garden volunteers from Clumber Park came to visit Ripon Cathedral and dropped off a couple of “crowns” for us.
It became apparent from correspondence with Clumber that they had various other varieties that would be suitable for the era that our vegetable/fruit garden is recreating.
Serendipitously a couple of gardeners involved in the Clumber Park garden had arranged to come and buy some rhubarb forcing pots from our very own Littlethorpe Pottery, this gave them the chance to deliver us some more plants and have an introductory walk around the garden which they seemed to enjoy.
Now we have seven more varieties recently delivered and we plan to make a “Rhubarb Walk” at the bottom of the garden where visitors will be able to see the range of varietiets of what is normally considered a fairly mundane vegetable/fruit.
Seed potatoes and vegetable seeds are all ordered and should arrive soon, leek seedling are starting to raise their heads in a propagator, all we need now is some decent weather.
7th February 2013
14 June 2012
SEED SOWING AND PLANTING 2011/12
Oct 22nd 2011 Broad Beans I row of “Aquadulce”
I row “Bunyards Exhibition”.
Jan.29th In modules:- onions “Bedfordshire Champion”,
In root-trainers:- sweet pea “Cupani”
March 3rd In cold frame soil:- leeks “Musselburgh “ and “Lyons”
March 10th Broad bean “Crimson Flowered”
March 17th Early potatoes 1 row “Duke of York”
In modules :- lettuce “Fat Lazy Blond”, “Little Gem”, “Prince of Wales”/”White Cos”, “Blonde de Paris”, “Neapolitan,/Webbs”, “All Year Round”.
Brassicas:- “Flow ers of Spring”, Savoy “Large Drumhead”, “Holland Late Winter”, Cauliflower “Autumn Giant”.
March 17th In modules :- Celery “ Golden Self Blanching”
Marh 18th In pan :- Rhubarb “Hawkes Champagne”
March 20th. Onions 2 rows “Red Brunswick” with radish “French Breakfast”.
Potatoes 1 row “Duke of York”
Planted out Sweet Peas “Cupani”
March 24th In modules cabbage “Red Drumhead “.
March 27th Potatoes 2 rows “Duke of York”
Broad beans:- 1 row “Windsor Longpod”
March 31st Potatoes 1 row “British Queen”
April 3rd Potatoes 2 rows “British Queen”
“Bedfordshire Champion” onion seedlings planted out.
April 7th Sweet Pea “Painted Lady” planted out.
April 11th Climbing French Beans “Blue Lake” sown in root-trainers
April 14th Sweet Pea “Captain of the Blues” sown in root - trainers
Cauliflower “Snowball” in modules.
April 18th Cauliflower “Autumn Giant” in modules.
April 21st Onion “Ailsa Craig “ 2 rows with radish,
Parsnip “The Student” 1 row with radish.
April 24th Potato “Peach Bloom” 2 rows
April 26th Climbing French Beans “Veitch’s” in root- trainers.
OLD SEED” Ragged Jack” Kale, “Cottagers Kale” and “Portuguese Cabbage” in modules, not very optimistic about germination.
Ragged Jack and Potuguese Cabbage successful!
April 28th Parsnip “Half long Guernsey” 1row,Hollow Crown” 1row
May 1st Potato “Fellside Hero” 2rows
May 2nd Potatoes rowed up in anticipation of frost
May 5th Potato “Fellside Hero” 1row
1 dble row Broad Bean “Crimson Flowered”
Sweet Pea “Cupani” planted out.
May 8th Potato “Fellside Hero” 1row.
Peas “Prince Albert” planted out
May 15th Pea “Duke of Albany” planted out
Sweet pea “Cupani” planted out
26th May Peas I row of “Purple Podded” seed
2nd June Cabbage I row “Flowers of Spring” plants
1 row “Large Red Drumhead” plants
Sweet Peas I row “Captain of the Blues” plants
9th June Onions 1row “Ailsa Craig”
Carrots, 1 row each “Chantenay Red Cored”, Mr. James Scarlet Intermediate” and “Blunt Rooted Guerande”.
Beetroot 1row “Bulls Blood”
Parsnip 1 row “The Student”
12th June Onion 4 rows “Red Brunswick”
Parsnip 1 row each of “Hollow Crown”, “Half Long Guernsey” and “Hollow Crown”
Turnip 1 row “Aberdeen Green Top Yellow”
Dwarf French Beans 1 double row each of “Horticultural” and “Early Warwick”
27 April 2012
The sowing and planting this year has gone well so far.
The Broad beans planted last Autumn are looking very healthy and are now in flower.
Now that the soil temperature has reached 10C/50 F we can start sowing all our root crops and peas into their seed beds. Lots of salads some peas and brassicas and leeks are waiting to be released from the cold frames very soon when they are “hardened off”
The many potatoes are slowly being planted as soil conditions allow.
As we have a well drained sloping site we are filling the potato trenches with lots of organic material, shredded paper, good home-made compost and grass cuttings before planting the potatoes. It is hoped that this will give us some insurance against drought conditions
Climbing, dwarf and runner beans are being started off site in my greenhouse ready to plant out as soon as the risk of frost is over .
Oct 22nd 2011 Broad Beans I row of “Aquadulce”
I row “Bunyards Exhibition”.
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