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, April 29, 2022

April

 April showers? none this year!

We have a weather station in the garden and keep a record of the readings.

In April 2020 we had 25.82mm in April 2021 there was 13.2mm and in April 2022 had just 3.56mm of rain.

The clay soil has huge cracks in it and is like concrete to dig!

First asparagus has been picked and as delicious as ever, despite the lack of rain.

Despite the cold (0 degrees at night) there are things growing in the garden. Apple blossom is beautiful, did you know 29th April is orchard blossom day?

We also have seedlings coming on in the greenhouse and luffa may be a success this year. After trying to grow this for the past 2 years , there are fruits growing already.

Sweet peas are outside, the seeds planted in the greenhouse in January and planted outside in the beginning of April, they are growing well.

After 14 years developing this garden it is a lovely place to be in and we can pick food for tea everyday.

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