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Peter Rabbit™ friends and Kew's Kitchen Garden

Come to the Kitchen Garden at Kew this Easter and see some of the vegetables that Peter Rabbit would have found in Mr McGregor's vegetable plot.
20 February 2018
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Take this opportunity to come and visit Kew's Kitchen Garden, growing all the vegetables that Peter Rabbit would have loved. This Easter we'll be growing broad beans, asparagus, rhubarb, garlic and lettuce.

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The Kitchen Garden was originally created to feed King George III and his family when they lived in Kew Palace back in the 18th century. Once it was no longer needed as a kitchen garden it was given over to growing herbaceous plants such as geraniums and salvias.

The Salvia border

An outdoor grocery cupboard

The Kitchen Garden was recreated in 2015 for the BBC series 'Kew on a Plate' and is now used by Kew staff to grow fruit and vegetables. Helena Dove (pictured below) and Olivia Vassilaki will be working there during the Easter festival.

Join us this Easter to find out what's growing in the Kitchen Garden and how you can grow vegetables yourself.

Helena Dove, Botanical Horticulturist - Vegetable Garden

Grow your own lettuce

Lettuce is quick and simple to grow. Seeds can be sown straight into the soil, but they also grow well in pots and in windowboxes. Lettuce is crisper and sweeter when eaten fresh. 

How to grow lettuces yourself

  • Place two lettuce seeds into a pot, cover them over with soil and water. Place on a sunny windowsill.
  • Lettuces germinate best around 15ºC, so at this time of year need starting off indoors.
  • The seeds should be shallow when sown.
  • Once germinated, remove one seedling so there is one strong one left in each pot to grow on.
  • Harden them off for about a week by putting them outside during the day and bringing them in at night.
  • Transplant outdoors when they have 4–6 good sized leaves and when the risk of frost has passed.
  • Lettuce will grow well in a slightly shaded spot. If they have too much sun the leaves will taste bitter.
  • If you have a problem with slugs, plant your lettuces in containers or place them off the ground. Hanging baskets or windowboxes will both work well.
  • Lettuces will be ready to harvest in about 8–12 weeks.
  • The leaves can be picked and will grow back time and time again.

Discover more vegetables to grow yourself in The Kew Gardens Children's Cookbook Plant, Cook, Eat


Lettuces growing in the Kitchen Garden

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Children's Cookbook

A beautiful children's cookbook containing step-by-step guides showing how easy it is to grow vegetables in your own garden or window box.

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Grow your own herbs

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Beatrix Potter's Gardening Life

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