July 18th, 2012 by Richard Lord
Orchard house has built with the help of a generous donation from State Street. It extends the kitchen garden’s area under glass considerably, and supplements the original Lemon House.
Volunteers plant crop varieties known from the Victorian era. They use heritage or hierloom seeds were possible and appropriate. They also use the environmentally friendly elements of Victorian gardening.
All the cultivation is organic with no use of inorganic fertilizers, because inorganic fertilisers were not available during Queen Victoria’s reign.
The garden was used in Victorian times to feed the residents of Saumarez Park Manor.
Calendula or pot marigolds are used as a garnish and flavouring in soup. Guernsey chives are perennial plants.
According to The Guernsey Botanical Trust‘s ‘Garden Gossip‘ newsletter, volunteers planted five different varities of Dianthus Pinks in plug form along the fruit border to the north of the Family door. The varieties were ‘Fair Folly’, ‘Musgrave’s Pink’, ‘Unique’, ‘Old Square Eyes’, and ‘Elizabethan Pink’.