Lockdown Gardening Diary

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It has been five weeks since we closed the gates on the Middleton Lodge Estate. We have been quietly collecting our thoughts and enjoying the surreal tranquillity of our grounds. 
We want to share with you what’s going on across the estate as we maintain the land, plant new seedlings and watch the estate spring new growth.
Andrew Webb & son Darren moved into the Estate taking residency for lockdown. They have made the Head gardeners cottage and Potting Shed bedrooms their home from home. We would like to share their diary entries so that you can keep up to date with what’s goings on.

23.3.20

At present despite all the recent rain we are having to water all new planting. We have started to sow and plant vegetables, potatoes and broad beans have gone in this week. We have been planning and are taking full opportunity of this quiet time to expand our gardens so we have also been planting a new orchard above the fig house, opposite the restored Dog Kennel bedroom (coming soon to the estate) .We have been planting trees including apples, pears, plums, quince, mulberry and medlars.
This week the sun has been shining, the garden is starting to come back to life from the winter.

30.3.20

Work continues in the garden, the grass has started to grow so mowing has started, we have been preparing the ground in the new orchard above the fig house. We are going to sow it as a meadow. Continuing to sow vegetable seeds in greenhouse, pruning and tidying shrubs on the estate. As we have no customers here at the moment it is giving us a good opportunity to tidy areas like the car parks and driveways.

06.4.20

As the garden starts to grow we have been busy watering all new planting as the weather has been good this week, with spring sunshine.
Now sowing vegetable seeds in the polytunnel, these include cucumber, aubergines, kale, cabbage and other brassicas. Putting up canes for beans that will be planted out in May. We have been raking down the vegetable plots in preparation for sowing veg outdoors next week, these will include salad crops, beetroot, spring onions, parsnips and turnips.
Also been planting new borders around the soon to be pool area, with shrubs and herbs.

13.4.20

The sun continues to shine which is great, but it does mean we are having to water everything we have planted over the last few weeks. Continuing to sow vegetables in the greenhouse, pricking out as they become large enough. The tomatoes are starting to grow, but as the nights are still cold using the fig house to keep them warm.
Mowing the lawns weekly now to keep them looking good for when the lodge reopens.

20.4.20

April has been a very dry month, we are watering all new planting and any vegetable seeds that we have sown. We are now also sowing runner beans, french beans and courgettes in the greenhouse.
Even though it has been rather dry the weeds are starting to grow, so we are going round and removing them all before they go to seed.
We have been clearing the trees and branches across the estate that were wind damaged from the storms in winter. We are taking the opportunity to do this whilst its quiet, in hope that the Lodge will be opening again sometime soon.
The gardens are looking well, all the tulips and narcissus are now in full flower.

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An update from the Estate

We are finally able to welcome you back to the Middleton Lodge Estate from today! Due to social distancing guidelines we can only take a limited number of non-resident sittings and PRE BOOKING is required.

Our restaurant opening times are breakfast 7.30am-10.30am, lunch 12pm – 2.30pm, and dinner 6pm – 9pm. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for all reservations.

Overnight stays can be booked here. Please be aware that ALL guests will need a reservation before coming onto the estate and temperatures will be checked at the gate. It should go without saying but please do not travel if you have any symptoms or have been recently exposed, and please be mindful of other guests and staff. Table sizes and groups will of course be limited in line with current government guidelines.

The Allison Family and Middleton Lodge Team x