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, August 30, 2019

Annual climbers

Over the winter we put in a new patio area and had a wonderful blacksmith make an arbour over it.

More space for growing plants over!!

I thought I would grow some annual climbers so bought some seeds earlier in the year.

At last the plants are blooming, but not all are successfully climbing up the poles.

Cobaea scandens Alba

I planted Cobaea scandens both Alba and Purple. The cup and saucer plant. They have tendrils rather than twisting themselves around the pole so have to be tied in regularly. I was hoping that the plants would climb up the poles and across the top of the arbour, unfortunately they have only grown to about a metre high.

Another climber I tried was Rhodochiton atrosanguineus Purple Bells.

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Rhodochiton atrosanguineus Purple Bells

The seeds of this plant are so tiny that they arrive in a little plastic tube in the seed packet. I failed to get them to germinate so bought a couple of plants from a local nursery. They too have to be tied constantly to the poles.

Thunbergia alata African Sunset was another climber I grew from seed, a lovely flower but does want to crawl along the ground rather than up the poles, so needs lots of encouragement.

Thunbergia alata African Sunset

The final seeds I grew this year was something I have grown before and the most successful. Mina lobata or Spanish Flag. This does grow up the pole (a bit like runner beans) with only a bit of tying in at the start to encourage it up the pole.

Mina lobata

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