How to prick out seedlings (and other February gardening)

It feels strange to be writing about heat loving plants like aubergines as Britain is gripped by unseasonally cold weather. Kitchen gardening is about always thinking ahead, anticipating and planning for what is to come, so I have been happy thinking about warm summer days as I wrap myself up in layers of thermals and woollens!

Signs of spring, West Dean

A photo blog post

We spent the weekend at West Dean college near Chichester on 4th and 5th February, where Charles was giving two day courses. The estate was owned by the remarkable Edward James, who donated the land, house and an extensive collection of art to create a college.

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Stained glass window commemorating Edward James

Although it is not the best time of year to visit the gardens they are still wonderful – so many flowers emerging outside in early February.

Violas in one of the glasshouses.

Some of the new sowings for the glasshouses and vegetable gardens.

I have serious glasshouse envy!

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The impressive walled kitchen garden was remarkably empty, just leeks this year. Usually there are brassicas too.

Frosted kitchen garden at Roth Bar and Grill

a photo blog

I took these photos at one of my work gardens last week during a few days of low temperatures. The kitchen garden is at Hauser and Wirth, Somerset and is made up of 10 large no dig raised beds (plus three new ones). All of the vegetables and herbs are used by the chefs in the restaurant there, Roth Bar and Grill.