Imber Kitchen Garden

The first crops from the Imber Court Kitchen Garden have been harvested and taken into the Café Metropole.

Chef Mercedes eagerly grabbed the bountiful harvest and before you could say “haute cuisine” there was a refreshing Broad bean and Mint soup on the menu.

Our deep filled sandwiches are now packed full of salad leaves from the Imber Court Kitchen Garden Salad beds.

Spreading the Muck at Imber

Now for those reading this expecting to hear the latest gossip from the Imber Dog Club I am afraid you will be bitterly disappointed.

When Yogi said to me yesterday ‘get yourself down to Imber early I have a pleasant surprise for you’, I was not expecting this;

12 Wheelie Bins full of Horse Manure kindly donated by our friends from Mounted Branch

Anyway the pleasant surprise was that’ Dave The Grounds’ was also there to help. You may remember Dave , he is the star of the ‘Imber Court Groundsmen Calendar‘ and can occasionally be found during the winter drinking tea by the electric fire in the Grounds Yard Hut.


So all we had to do was tip the 12 wheelie bins full of muck onto the Kitchen Garden area and as Yogi said sit back during the winter and we will be ready to go in the spring.

It was back breaking work for some but I am sure Yogi appreciated the words of advice he was getting from Dave who was concerned that Yogi had missed some at the back of the bin.

The mucks in now and just needs to be spread. A great effort by all and a big step forward in the progress of Imbers Kitchen Garden

For the educated ones, can anyone give us the famous Francis Bacon quote to do with muck?

Talking about catching the worms……

Yogi has been very busy today and as we can see the Imber Kitchen Garden is really starting to take shape. He has placed all those railway sleepers and I can now start to visualise Yogi cultivating his Brassica’s.

He has had a moan though this afternoon saying to anyone that will listen ‘I’m battered I’m bruised, my fingers are broken and I am soaked to the skin.’

I think he maybe looking for some sympathy……

This should hopefully cheer him up;

The Broad Beans are emerging



Imber Kitchen Garden Progress (of sorts)


Dave The Groundsman has organised the relocation of some old railway sleepers to enhance the boundaries of our kitchen garden which is now starting to take shape.

Dave looks very pleased with himself as Yogi ‘inspects’ the railway sleepers, however I am not so sure he should be, judging by the  look on Yogi’s face…. Anyway a job for tomorrow to get them set into the ground – anyone up for a bit of manual lifting – I understand all the staff had the manual lifting course last week.

On a more positive note Yogi’s inspection then moved onto the progress of the Broad Beans, I note a few quizzical looks, but I have been assured the first green shoots can be seen. From little acorns……

Changing the subject completely I understand our Imber Court Dog Club visited the Orchard School in East Molesey today to give a demonstration with some of their German Shepherds. A great success I hear and a big thank you to our Dog Club members for giving up their time to do this. I am sure it was very much appreciated by the girls and boys at the school.