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, March 12, 2019

New Harvest

At this time of year there are still plenty of fresh vegetables in the garden to eat.

The freezer is still stocked with strawberries and other soft fruit for putting on the breakfast porridge, gooseberries for puddings and beans to have with dinner.

The storage shed still has a few apples left, potatoes, onions and garlic. We ate the one remaining squash last week.

From the garden we are eating overwintered celeriac, leeks, beetroot, carrots and winter cabbage. The last red cabbage was cooked at the weekend and the sprouting purple broccoli, one of my favourites, despite the problems in the very dry summer, has managed to supply us with a few meals this month.

The Swiss chard has perked up again as it does in early spring so a few more meals there before the weather really turns warmer and it goes to seed.

Then the first “new” harvest of the year, forced rhubarb. Beautiful bright pink stems which cook to a lovely pink juice. We cover a few of the rhubarb crowns with forcing pots to encourage these lovely pink stems. After one picking we remove the pots and let the plant recover and it produces more stalks later in the next few months.

Rhubarb has forced the top off the forcing pot
1.5 kilo of lovely pink rhubarb

Saturday, March 2, 2019


Beautiful, Blackthorn, Blossom for the Bees!

Not actually in our garden but over the wall in next doors garden, a bit of borrowed landscape. But we can enjoy the sight and sound of the blackthorn blossom from our garden.

Walking past the blossom a loud buzzing sounds indicates that the honey bees are enjoying an early season feast.

There are other plants in the garden which also provide the important food for not only honey bees but bumbles and any others that are around now, especially since we have had a few very warm days.

The sarcococca that I mention in the last blog is still flowering and full of bees on a warm sunny day. Also the dainty yellow flowers of winter flowering Jasmine nudiflorum

In flower too are Felicia Peteolaris


…and Clematis Wisley Cream is still flowering

Helebores are still in flower.

Can you spot the honey bee?


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...