In The Garden - Highlights at St Erth in May

By Tina Thanos, St Erth's kitchen gardener

Autumn colours at the Garden of St Erth

May brings us into the last month of autumn and boy has this autumn really put on a show of colour at the Garden of St Erth.  The trees are ablaze with autumnal hues of red, amber and gold. It’s been a busy month for all as we prepare the garden for the coming winter months.  We’ve had a few frosty mornings which have opened up to the most stunning of autumn days.  The pruning of the summer border has begun but there’s still plenty to see.

There are some dazzling salvias that were planted in the border that are worth mentioning Salvia Phyllis Fancy  is the most elegant salvia of all. Standing at 1.5m tall her purple and white flowers draw the eye and add a touch of beauty and grace to the garden. Salvia Mystic Spires  has been a real show stopper with vibrant blue flowers which just keep on coming.  Growing to a height of 40cm we’ve placed it in the front of the border.

The kitchen garden and food forest have also undergone a renovation to prepare for winter.  All the summer crops have now been removed and our winter crops planted.  We’ve planted Early Purple Garlic, Mesclun Provencal, Heirloom Mix Radish, Baby White Turnips, Bloomsdale Spinach, Kohlrabi, Broccoli ‘Waltham’  and Cabbage ‘Red Drumhead’.  We’re still harvesting plenty of Heirloom lettuce, Mizuna ‘Red and Lime Streaks', Heirloom beetroots and carrots, Silverbeet and Herbs.  We even harvest our very first crop of sweet potato! We had a bumper year of pumpkins and potatoes, apples and pears which have now been stored for use by our café.

All our berries have also under gone a tidy up and prune as well as the fruit trees in the espalier orchard.

The shop is looking fantastic and still stocks a good range of garlic.  If you haven’t planted yours yet you still have a few more weeks to get it in.  The café is also serving up a delicious fare of garden produce including warming soups, pies and ragu.

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