Christmas at the Kitchen Garden….

So winter is upon us and we are under tighter restrictions again – but here at the Kitchen Garden we are not letting that stop us from injecting a little festive spirit into our lives!!

As we are in tier 3 and cannot open our lovely Cafe and Wine Bar, we are taking the opportunity of more space to run a gorgeous Christmas Market. All of our clever and creative artists/crafts people have set up stalls and we have Christmas music and take away goodies. It has been great fun to set up and is proving very popular with our local community.

Unfortunately we also can’t run our very popular wreath making workshops this year – so instead we are selling some kits for you to make at home. We have all the beautiful materials, including a wide range of greenery to choose from and there’s a helpful guide to show you what to do for stunning results.

You can choose anything to add to your wreath, but Holly, Ivy and spruce will look particularly good – especially if you can find some Holly with red berries. Dried seed and flower heads also look amazing as does dried fruit and cinnamon sticks – whatever takes your fancy! Remember to push the things you add into the wire around the moss ring to secure them (they don’t need to be symmetrical) and then perhaps add some decorative ribbon to make a bow or a hanger to fix your wreath to your door. Alternatively, we also sell hangers which are a fantastic way to display your wreath.

In the garden at this time of year things have perhaps gone a little quiet – so maybe if you get some nice weather, just spend an hour or so tidying up a bit. If you clear leaves, remember to add them to your leaf mould compost – but don’t be too overzealous – the leaves and any piles of sticks etc will be sheltering little creatures so be careful.

It’s also a good time to snuggle up in front of the fire with a seed catalogue and plan next year’s veggie patch. It’s always a joy to start thinking about the reawakening of the garden and what your new projects might be….so enjoy this time and have a well earned rest – you deserve it!

A very happy and restful from all of us here at the Kitchen Garden and here’s hoping that 2021 brings us more luck and happiness than 2020!!

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