After a week in Cornwall, back in Wales after a week to my favourite moment of the year: the first pod of garden peas from the Griffin’s garden. No taste is ever sweeter, no moment ever more satisfying that standing amongst the rows of Pisum Sativum and running ones finger down along the opened pod and scooping half a dozen fat, little peas into one’s mouth. Really, they should be going to the kitchen, but they won’t miss a few pods.

There are so many peas and broad beans, we are sending the surplus down to The Gurnard’s this afternoon. Along with a box of blackcurrants and some garlic, a small fraction of the 300 heads that sit drying in the barn.

Joe’s garden is truly at its very best at the moment. His tour and barbecue this Friday is fully subscribed, but do let us know by email to if you are interested in joining his 22 September tour, the last of the season.


Kitchen Garden Tourism

August 26, 2010

A wet Friday evening in the Beacons. Our second Kitchen Garden Tour and Barbecue. Doppler radar suggests little let up in the rain, but we go ahead with a small gazebo protruding from the tack room door and barbecue smoke filling up the car park.

A tour around the kitchen garden. Joe at the centre of his audience, hooded and mackintoshed, and espousing our organic principles. This week he’s justifiably proud of his red cabbages, sweetcorn and squashes. A huge crop of jerusalem artichokes sways in the wind, awaiting it’s late Autumn harvest. Perfect for a classic winter soup.

Supper. Only the barbecued meat comes from away from the Griffin and its associate garden at Felin Newydd. Tabasco made from Felin Newydd chillis is dropped liberally into a home made Tomato Juice. No one tells me if there is any vodka in there. Roasted onions, squashes and courgettes. Potato salad from our new beds near the river. Coleslaw, a nostalgic reminder of school days. A blackcurrant ice cream from July’s brilliant berry harvest. Truly an authentic kitchen garden supper.

Our inaugural two tours have achieved more than we could have hoped for. No doubt some teething problems that we will learn from, but generally a very positive response from those attending, almost 40 on each evening. We are hoping to do three next year. For now, it’s time to put some of the garden to its winter sleep.