Welcome to the SRT blog No. 10

26th June 2020 – Welcome to our blog post No. 10

It’s a scorcher, bit different to last week!! Do you love it or hate it?

Sun facts:

  • The Sun is all the colours mixed together, this appears white to our eyes.
  • The Sun is composed of hydrogen (70%) and Helium (28%).
  • The Sun is 109 times wider than the Earth and 330,000 times as massive.
  • One million Earths could fit inside the Sun.
  • The Sun is an almost perfect sphere.
  • The temperature inside the Sun can reach 15 million degrees Celsius.
  • Light from the Sun takes eight minutes to reach Earth.
  • The Sun travels at 220 kilometres per second.
  • The Sun is middle-aged.

Keep an eye out for your plants as they will need lots of watering, sometimes twice a day in this hot weather.

Jules watering outside the shop?






HFG allotment sprinklers at work




Lots of yummy ices and ice creams are available at the Sunnyside Farmshop at Hemel Food Garden…. with vegan choices from Miiro & Booja-Booja
Open 10 until 3pm Mon to Sat.







Look how the wildlife area has come along at Northchurch.

Wildlife area fence
Wildlife area 1








Mole rescue
Mole rescue 2



Lewis came across a mole and moved it over to this area where it quickly disappeared



The animals are loving all the care and attention they are getting.

Gilen feeding the goats
Joe working with the sheep


Pigs having a bath

The tomatoes are starting to develop and we are also still planting out veg as successional harvests for later in the season

First toms


Planting out veg 3
Planting out veg 1








Take a little bit of Hampton Court home with you. A select range of perennial plants, ideal for the drier garden, are now available to buy. Grown for the RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival and selected by renowned landscape designer @tomstuartsmith these will make a great addition to any garden. NOW AVAILABLE at Hemel Food Garden.


Eryngium zabelii ‘Pen Blue’
Helenium ‘Moerheim Beauty’
Maelaeya cordata

Sunnyside has been working with Tom Stuart-Smith for a year now, helping to develop a site over in Bedmond, where lots of these plants have been grown on ready for the show this year. Lots of trainees had had the opportunity to work there as well.

See the link below for more detail on the background to this project


Taken from the RHS website:

‘In 2020 Landscape Architect Tom Stuart-Smith is the Iconic Horticultural Hero at RHS Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival. For the Festival he has designed a climate-resilient planting of meadow perennials interspersed with Mediterranean shrubs. Together these trees and shrubs form a framework for a colourful mix of flowers and grasses. Every plant included is adapted to hot and fairly dry conditions.

The herbaceous plants are grown by the Sunnyside Rural Trust, a charity and social enterprise established to train adults with learning difficulties in various rural activities, particularly horticulture.’










*Coming soon* to a blog near you – the selected animal naming and colouring competition.