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.

Saturday, October 13, 2018

October in the garden

I think that October is my favourite month of the year, the colours are wonderful as leaves loose their chlorophyll and the reds and yellows and oranges are revealed. Liquid Amber is lovely and the dark red leaves of the Vitus Vinifera Spetchley Red are some of my favourites.

 

Autumn colour

The asparagus is almost ready to cut down for the winter but the changing foliage looks lovely for a few weeks.

asparagus ferns
Trachelospermum jasminoides
Berries
Pyracantha berries
Cottoneaster berries, a feast for the blackbirds

Plenty of flowers and seed heads to brighten the garden in October:

Honesty
Strange drooping flowers and berries of Leycesteria formosa
A rose Joanna Elise started to flower again now weather is cooler
Garlic chives flowering again
The tiny blue campanula
Sedum
Marigolds
scabious burgandy bonnets flowering again It certainly has been a strange year for some plants.
Chinese lanterns
Asters
Cosmos
Amberboa Muricata

Still plenty of fresh produce in the garden. The tomatoes in the green house are still ripening, cabbages, chard and leeks are ready, apples, pears, Inca berries, the last few figs and beans this month and picked the last cucumber for lunch today.

Chilean Guava
Butternut Squash
Elder berries

The list goes on but enough for now. More news from the Walled Garden next month.

Moving On

 It only takes a bit of rain , well 22mm already this month, a few warm days and everything in the garden is getting greener and bigger. The...