Wortley Hall Walled Garden is an organically certified kitchen garden near Sheffield, South Yorkshire, this is the story of how we started the garden.
Wortley Hall Walled Garden is certified with the Soil Association, GB-ORG-05. Our producer licence number is G9343. Conversion to organic status only took two years, which recognised that the garden had not been cultivated for a number of decades. The soil is a deep clay loam, so the challenge is to maintain its high fertility and good structure...and get on top of the weeds. Illustrated below are some of the strategies we have employed.
We produce several tonnes of compost every year. Most is used to keep the soil healthy and fertile for crop production, but we also use fractions of certain materials for plant raising and so we are self sufficient in propagating compost/plant raising growing media.
The Wortley area is an excellent place to visit to see wildlife. There are lots of public footpaths, and the Trans Pennine Trail passes nearby, which is also good for cyclists.
A polytunnel is a tunnel made of polyethylene, usually semi-circular, square or elongated in shape. The interior heats up because incoming solar radiation from the sun warms plants, soil, and other things inside the building faster than heat can escape the structure.