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.

Sunday, April 4, 2021

Winter harvest

A few weeks ago I was talking to someone about our walled garden and said how we only had to buy mushrooms (I did try to grow them once but not very successfully) bananas and citrus. ( I do have a lime tree but so far no edible fruit)

They seemed surprised that the fruit and vegetables kept that long!

In the freezer are all the soft fruits, currants red black and white, strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, loganberries together with runner beans, dwarf beans, broad beans , peas and the last cauliflower. In the shed we stored onions, shallots, garlic, potatoes. eating and cooking apples. Also some squash although they were eaten before Christmas.

But what I did not know was how many people didn’t realise how much there is to harvest fresh over the winter.

Over the 4 months December to March we have picked fresh the following (most we ate ourselves but some went on the charity table for local people to enjoy):

Beetroot – 25, Brussel sprouts 942g, Purple sprouting broccoli 501g, red cabbage 2, carrots 6056g, swiss chard 1172g, leeks 57, kale 1332g, lettuce 1, parsnips 11836g, spinach 236g, spring onions 7, Rhubarb 1374g and forced rhubarb 1128g.

Rhubarb and leeks ready for sale
Purple sprouting broccoli

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