My time at Gravetye this and last week has been all about the tidying up jobs that need to be done before the growing season really gets going in the kitchen garden.
Pruning the redcurrants, blackcurrants and gooseberries to maximise fruit production by ensuring there's enough light getting in and space to grow, and tying in new shoots so they won't topple over when heavily laden in a few months time. This task could be filed under boring but important, but snipping away at branches is surprisingly satisfying. I also mastered an essential gardener's knot.
In the spirit of William Robinson and his 'Wild Garden' Tom got us naturalising perennials in the orchard and we planted out a few Leucojum aestivum 'Gravetye Giant' which you find dotted around the whole garden. Leucojums like it damp, grow to about 60cm tall and behave a bit like daffodils in the way they die down.