Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden

Welcome to the Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden website! We are committed to organic gardening. Using the best practices from the Victorian days (i.e. lots of horse manure) and knowledge gleaned from the Ryton Organic Gardens we have set out to tame our Warwickshire clay. It’s all about sustainability, so as well as organic gardening, we’re always looking to better ways to work with our environment.

On this site you can find out about our history and the projects we are working on. You can come visit the garden and learn about organic gardening. Follow our blog to see what’s on our mind in the garden this month.

For the first 8 years all the work was carried out by just the two of us. Now we have help and are passing on our knowledge to students on the WRAGS (Work and Retrain As a Gardener Scheme).

We also find time to be involved with the WOT2Grow Community Orchard in Tysoe and have planted a 3 acre wood close to Tysoe, just over the border in Oxfordshire with a grant from the Woodland Trust.

Sunday, June 24, 2018

The Wall

It was a bit of a shock one morning in January 2018 to find part of the wall of our walled kitchen garden lying on the ground. It had stood for nearly 100 years but the gales have brought down over 40 metres of this 10 foot high wall.

We were due to open the garden for the NGS open garden scheme at the beginning of June, there seemed plenty of time to sort things. However as the weeks dragged by, with more snow falls in March, things were looking bad.

The builders eventually left 3 weeks before we opened and  we managed to tidy up, even sowed the grass seed on the builders access route across the garden.

The rebuilt wall

We have some new trained apple trees on order for November planting to replace those crushed by the wall. The roots from those crushed I am using to create a new stumpery / fern garden which is now under construction. More about that later.

A new experience

The garden is just over an acre, with many different areas including the vegetables and flowers, shrubs and trees. I have also put various a...