The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Middlesex, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Wilshire, Dorsetshire, Hampshire, Sussex, and Kent in the Summer of 1832

Basildon Park kitchen garden

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The kitchen-garden is on the side of a hill, facing the east, and contains upwards of four acres, with an extensive range of hot-houses; the soil is excellent, and the crops abundant, but choked up with weeds, as there is no assistance allowed for either the kitchen-garden or the pleasure ground, but a boy. The kitchen-gardener, who is also a local labourer, we did not see. We observed heaps of leaves and twigs being burned, which we would never suffer under any circumstances, as it is throwing away a certain portion of valuable manure. We observed also a paling fence round a part of the pleasure-ground, with the pales, instead of being placed vertically, nailed to the rails at an angle of 45ᆭ. The object of this, we were told, is to prevent the entrance of rabbits, which might get between upright pales at the same distance apart, but which must necessarily place their bodies in an angular position to get through these. This, it is found from experience, they cannot readily do.