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.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Courgettes

It is that time of year again when courgettes start to get on the menu at least once a day! We are growing four varieties this year, a straight green one called Ambassador, another similar green one called Battani, a round yellow called Floridor and the small yellow Patti-pan

Courgettes

What do you do with yours? We get an early crop, partly from it being a few degrees warmer inside the walled garden and also the Ambassador is an early cropping variety. We sell some of these on the trolley at the bottom of the drive, (we raise money all year in this way with our excess crops and give the money to various charities at the end of the year.) Within a few weeks everyone who grows their own courgettes have a glut of their own so we try and think of different ways of using them.

Chopped or sliced and fried in a little oil is a lovely vegetable to accompany almost any meal. I also like to chop with onions, beetroot , garlic, parsnips, celeriac or what ever is available and roast them in the oven, delicious. They are the main ingredient in the classic Ratatouille. They make a lovely chocolate courgette cake and if you use yellow ones you would not know it was veg inside. I have just found a lovely Sweet Courgette and Saffron Butterfly cake  recipe in the Phil Vickery’s Gluten Free baking book.

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