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, April 23, 2019

Peppers

It has been a busy time both in the garden and with family.

We grow peppers in the green house, both chilli and sweet.

Did you know that you can keep the plants overwinter and treat them as a tender perennial?

We managed to keep several this year, 5 sweet peppers and 1 chilli (see below) and so have a head start with some in flower already, way ahead of the ones we are growing from seed.

Peruvian lemon drop chilli, new growth (March) on last years plant.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Blossom

The plum blossom has been out for several weeks now. Today the pear blossom came out.

Pear blossom

The trees look wonderful covered in the flowers and the Grenadier apple has just started to open.

Apple blossom

Unfortunately there is a frost due tonight, -2 degrees, I hope the blossom will be ok.

I have covered some more vulnerable shrubs with fleece, these are hardy shrubs but now the buds are opening they can be killed off by a heavy frost, but not much you can do with a full sized tree.

Also in flower today is the lovely white honesty and the Rosemary bushes are covered in honey bees.

Lunaria, the white honesty
Honey bees love the Rosemary flowers

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Trillium

I came across this plant several years ago and was fascinated by its almost pre-historic appearance. It was growing in large swathes in woodland, wonderful. I wanted some of them.

They are quite expensive but I found one when visiting RHS Wisley , Trillium kurbayashii.

Speckled leaves and lovely maroon flowers.

I decided to plant it in a pot and place the pot under a tree as it dies right down in winter and I did not want to loose this precious plant. It also prefers slightly acidic soil which we do not have.

Over winter the next year a small shoot appeared out of the soil, I covered the pot with chicken wire to stop the pidgins nibbling it and the squirrels from digging it up. The flower spike and leaves came up in February.

It is very slow growing and this year, after 4 years it had 3 flowers.

After 4 years, Trillium kurbayashii, the third flower is hidden at the back

I think it will be many years (if ever) I get the carpet of Trillium I wished for.

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...