In the 4th quadrant of the Double Walled Garden you’ll find a modern kitchen garden, reflecting its original use.
Like early 19th century gardeners, we grow our fruit and vegetables organically. We don’t use pesticides or herbicides, nor do we grow hybrids.
It’s not. We use plenty of compost and well-rotted horse manure to provide all the minerals the plants need.
Say no to pests
Every year we rotate where we plant the crops. This prevents pests and diseases from building up and spreads the demand for minerals in the soil.
To keep down pests, we use companion plants, such as nasturtiums, to draw harmful insects away from crops, such as Cabbage White caterpillars.
Mixing up vegetables helps too. Strong smelling veg like onion and coriander attract wasps which eat pests.
Good for bees?
Yes. Honeybees from our Bee Garden also help to increase yields.
Good for children?
Yes. Part of this area is given over to a Schools’ Allotment. Here you’ll not only see food grown by Welsh schoolchildren but also a bug hotel, water butt, compost area and a greenhouse made from plastic drink bottles.
Who gets to eat the produce?
Schools usually harvest the food they’ve grown. You might eat what’s left in our Season’s Restaurant.
For a sustainable future…
We need to cut down on the use of artificial fertilizers due to their long term impacts on soil and protect soils in our gardens and allotments by regular mulching.
- Try and grow some of your own food even if it’s in a pot it’s still home grown!
- Buy seasonal food – this will not have been forced on in heated greenhouses
- Buy local – buy Welsh/British – it’s good for the economy, jobs and the environment!