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.

Friday, July 6, 2018

What happened in June?

A busy build up to the first weekend in June when we opened the garden under the National Garden Scheme open gardens. Along with 8 other gardens in the village we were open on the Saturday and Sunday. A lot of hard work in the build up but a rewarding experience and nice to hear comments from visitors who can see what we have been doing behind the “Great Wall of Tysoe”!

Open Gardens

The weather here like almost everywhere in the UK has been very unseasonably hot. Watering has been a challenge and now our eight 200 litre water butts and the 6,500 litres rainwater stored underground are now empty. We have to sacrifice some plants which, fingers crossed, may recover when the rain comes, and just water the greenhouse plants. Saving the washing up water and anything else we can to use on the other vegetables.
Despite all these problems we have been harvesting lots of mini munch cucumbers, a few of the crystal lemon cucumbers, lettuce, gooseberries, red, white and black currants.

Crystal Lemon cucumber

 

Mini munch and Crystal Lemon

The last of the asparagus has been picked, we only pick for about 6 weeks then let the ferns grow to put energy back into the root system for next year.

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