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.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Squash

Each year we grow various squash, favourites at the moment for flavour are uchi kuri and hunter, a butternut squash.

They do take rather a lot of land and the fruits need to be clear of the soil to try and prevent slug damage. They also get shaded from the sun , which prevents ripening, unless the leaves are moved.

On a holiday in Norfolk we visited an open garden and saw a wonderful method of growing squash which looks attractive, keeps the fruits off the soil and enables the sun to reach the fruit and ripen them.

We had several ideas to try and achieve the same effect in our garden and eventually came up with this using old fruit cage poles and water pipe cut offs for the corners.

Seeds are ready and will be planted soon, the plants will go out in the garden after last frost in May and fingers crossed we will get a good crop.

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...