This week in the gardenwe will be harvesting gooseberries for jam, green walnuts for pickling, and more raspberries, loganberries and boysenberries.

We will harvest the remainder of the garlic crop and put it out to dry in the cuttings room for a few days before moving to the cooler storage of the Nissen hut.

We are going to harvest our delicious red lettuces in the Kitchen garden.

We will be taking green wood cuttings of our two varieties of gooseberry, and we will also take cuttings of our lemon verbena, sage and our different grape vines.

We will be thinning out our carrot and chard plants in the kitchen garden bed. It’s going to be really hot so we will be watering and feeding all plants that need it especially those in pots in the cold frame and veg beds that don’t benefit from automated irrigation. We will make sure our fern bank remains nice and moist.

A reminder on how BPCG volunteering is working at the moment: – if you have had your induction as a BPCG volunteer, please sign up for a 3 hour volunteering session on Thursday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday here.  Before booking a slot and coming along, please read and make sure you adhere to our code of conduct during Covid here.

If you have not yet had your BPCG volunteer induction, please sign up for a session here. You must have completed the volunteer registration form before signing up for induction.

A reminder too about when the site is open to the public: – On Thursdays and Fridays, the site will be reserved for gardening volunteering. (Members of the public who wish to buy or pick up pre-ordered plants and produce will be able to pop into the shop outside the Upper Greenhouse but they won’t be able to visit the rest of the site.) On Saturdays and Sundays, the site is open to visitors 11am to 4pm.

Plants on sale this week at the greenhouse shop: Cosmos, Tradescantia, Nasturtium, Fruiting Bush tomatoes, Begonia ‘Stars’, Cannas, Chrysanthemum, Calla lillies, New Zealand Wind Grass, Basil and Mints…and a few more too. Our favourite …the very cool Houttuynia cordata (Fish Mint), which features in Vietnamese cooking, is very pretty and got  an Alys Fowler thumbs up in the Guardian this year. Alys says ‘If you get a taste for it, you will find it quite addictive’ and we agree! Whilst she says it needs a shady location and damp or moist soil, ours is growing happily in the herb garden where it’s pretty dry…It’s a spreader though so grow in a pot if you want to contain it.

In other news, we are looking forward to welcoming back our children’s team. We will be running kids’ activities, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from the second week of July. Check the website for details.

Join us for this week’s BBC Gardener’s Question Time on Saturday 2pm to 3pm by clicking on the link here. For more details go here. Any questions on the day for the panel are welcome or send in advance to Josh, our GQT chair,  on

Some of you may have heard the beautiful strains of iyatraQuartet rehearsing in the Greenhouses on recent Tuesday mornings. Iyatra are running a Live Art Along this Friday 26th June at 6pm. Follow the links on their website or facebook:  Drummer and BPCG volunteer Will says ‘It’s going to be a really exciting and original online event where people are invited to make art in response and alongside listening to our music!’

Finally to help us raise funds for the charity, we would like to offer you the possibility of hiring our beautiful gardens for small private parties or functions. If this is something that interests you , get in touch and we can send you more details.