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 14, 2020

A little different

We do like to experiment with things in the garden and try out new ideas.

In the past, amongst others, we have made a knot garden from Loniceria Nitida cuttings.

We also made a thyme clock, using different varieties of thyme for each hour.

A few years ago we grew some more exotic vegetables with the help of ideas from Garden Organic (www.gardenorganic.org.uk/) including Calaloo (a spinach type plant), chickpeas, sharks fin melon, Achocha, and yard long bean.

We still grow the Achocha each year, both the original Ladies slipper and another variety Fat Baby. Lovely little crunch in a salad, or a stir fry. Very prolific and smothered in hoverflies and other pollinators on the minute flowers.

This year we have tried a few more new things Edamame beans, Watermelon and Loofa.

The Loofa has reached the roof of the greenhouse and is now running horizontally along but no fruits have stayed yet so may need more research.

The Edamame beans and watermelon are successful and this years figs are the best ever.

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