Gardening, cooking and the weather

River Cottage

From field to fork - we look at how the weather affects River Cottage from the garden to the kitchen.

Following a colder than normal March and April, we talked to River Cottage head gardener Craig and sous chef Gelf about how the weather is impacting the food they grow and cook.

Reacting to the weather

Partly due to its setting in a valley, the River Cottage headquarters at Park Farm often experiences changeable weather conditions.

Craig checks the forecast several times a day to help plan the work of the gardening team; from planting to irrigation, their work is very much dependent on what the weather is doing.

Although forecasts help with day-to-day planning, it's not just the current weather that's important - longer term weather patterns also play a big part in Craig's work. Because of the particularly cold March, planting schedules were revised and some of this year's veg is growing slower than usual, so Craig also works with the kitchen to help them use the ingredients that's ready to eat now in their menus.

In our video, Craig and Gelf talk us through their roles at River Cottage and how they deal with the UK's variable weather conditions.

From field to fork - gardening, cooking and the weather at River Cottage
Following a colder than normal March and April, we talked to head gardener Craig and sous chef Gelf about how the weather is impacting the food they grow and cook at River Cottage.

Last updated: 18 June 2013