The two magic ingredients for a garden are Sunlight and Soil. The Sun looks after it self. We have to look after the Soil.
Our range of vegetables is enormous. We try new things every year and buy our seeds from a wide range of suppliers. The diversity of the British population, with origins in Asia, Africa and the Americas as well as all over Europe, creates a very exciting customer base for us because they’re so open to foreign influences. Food is a natural lingua franca, and we reckon we speak ‘vegetable’ best.
We grow things on special request, and love to introduce people to new colours, textures and flavours. It’s always immensely rewarding to see their faces light up with curiosity, or admiration! We have grown, among other things: Chinese cucumbers, tomatillo, oriental greens, African squashes, Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Thai herbs, and a huge range of Italian vegetables. Middle European plums and gherkins, and even blue and red-fleshed potatoes.
David has a bit of a thing about tomatoes, including many heritage varieties, and we are both equally fond of orchard fruits. It’s all small-scale, but we aim to offer a few new delights every season, and keep people intrigued to sample whatever comes next.
Anneke loves the flowers, herbs and salads. The long mixed border leading up to the shop looks especially stunning in the summer. We sell a lot of cut flowers, and arrangements, starting with bulbs in spring through to october when the last dahlias flower.
text Penny Williams | design Anneke Germers