Harvest in the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden

It has been another successful growing season in the kitchen garden at Dundurn Castle. Despite this years drought conditions Victoria Bick, Historic Garden Coordinator for the 12 year old teaching garden reports that castle kitchen is well stocked

Heritage plants such as yard long whole beans, and cow horn okra, eggplant, mustard greens, chard, potatoes and leeks have been harvested in such abundance that the excess has been donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank throughout the season and now into the fall. Over 500 pounds of fresh veggies have been donated so far this year.

Bick says an important mandate is practised in the teaching garden -waste nothing- just as would have been the case in the 1850’s when the castle was inhabited by the MacNab family.

As well as the food that is grown here many varieties of flowers typical of the Victorian era including globe amaranth, yarrow , straw flowers and celosia are also grown to beautify the large garden plot. Many of these species will be dried and used by the Garden Club of Hamilton’s volunteers to decorate the castle during the Victorian Christmas celebrations in December.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Dundurn Castle garden demonstrator Sapphire Singh heads to the garden shed with a basket full of harvest cabbage, as Victoria Bick harvests beans . Some of the vegetables will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Morning in the garden.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Sapphire Singh harvests green onions from the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden Wednesday morning. Some of the vegetables will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Sapphire Singh harvests green onions from the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Dundurn Castle cook Caroline McLachlan-Darling harvests radishes. Some of the vegetables will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Dundurn Castle cook Caroline McLachlan-Darling harvests radishes.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Victoria Bick Historic Garden Co-ordinator for the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden picks beans , and castle cook Caroline McLachlan-Darling harvests radishes. Some of the vegetables will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Victoria Bick Historic Garden Co-ordinator for the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden picks beans , and castle cook Caroline McLachlan-Darling harvests radishes.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Philip Wonder , a garden demonstrator in the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden cuts fresh mustard greens Wednesday morning. Some of the leafy greens will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Philip Wonder , a gardener at the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden cuts fresh mustard greens Wednesday morning.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 A basket full of fresh cut mustard greens sit in the Dundurn Kitchen Garden Wednesday morning. Some of the leafy greens will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

A basket full of fresh cut mustard greens sit in the Dundurn kitchen garden.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 A basket of leeks headed to the Neighbour to Neighbour truck. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

A basket of leeks headed to the Neighbour to Neighbour truck.

 

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016- Victoria Bick holds yard long whole beans, a heritage vegetable grown in the kitchen garden, in her apron. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Victoria Bick holds yard long whole beans, a heritage vegetable grown in the kitchen garden, in her apron.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Victoria Bick laughs as she examines the huge praying mantis on Caroline McLachlan-Darling's straw gardening hat. The two were harvesting vegetables from the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden Wednesday morning. Some of the vegetables will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Bick laughs as she examines the huge praying mantis on Caroline McLachlan-Darling’s straw gardening hat. The two were harvesting vegetables from the Dundurn Castle kitchen garden.

 

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Caroline McLachlan-Darling a cook at Dundurn Castle totes a basketful of harvested veggies in the castle's kitchen garden. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Caroline McLachlan-Darling a cook at Dundurn Castle totes a basketful of harvested veggies in the castle’s kitchen garden.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Fresh vegetables ready go to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank - all grown in the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Fresh vegetables ready go to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Fresh eggplant ready go to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank - all grown in the Dundurn Castle Kitchen Garden. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Fresh vegetables ready go to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Swiss chard illuminated by the morning sun takes on the appearance of a stained glass window. The chard is one of the many leafy greens enjoying a robust fall growing season in the Dundurn Kitchen Garden. Some of the leafy greens will be used in the kitchen and the excess will be donated to the Neighbour to Neighbour Food Bank.Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Swiss chard illuminated by the morning sun takes on the appearance of a stained glass window. The chard is one of the many leafy greens enjoying a robust fall growing season in the Dundurn kitchen garden.

Hamilton, Ontario, Oct 5,2016 Left to right- Dan Wilson, Sapphire Singh, Caroline McLachlan-Darling , Philip Wonder ( hidden at back) and Victoria Bick move the vegetables from the garden to the Neighbour to Neighbour truck. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

Left to right- Dan Wilson, Sapphire Singh, Caroline McLachlan-Darling , Philip Wonder ( hidden at back) and Victoria Bick move the vegetables from the garden to the Neighbour to Neighbour truck. Cathie Coward/ Hamilton Spectator

 

 

 

 

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