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, May 27, 2022

Colour in the garden

 We have just put the roof on our fruit cage, it took the two of us 2 and a half hours! It is a large cage but protects all our currants, raspberries, blue and black berries, peaches and kiwi from being eaten by the birds. Climbing ladders and walking on the top of walls, I am probably getting too old for this!

The garden is changing daily and more flowers coming out. The peonies are in bloom and looking great.

The first sweet pea is in flower, seeds sown in January and grown in the greenhouse ready to plant out at the end of April.
Roses coming out now too. This is Johanne Elise and will be covered in buds and flowers all summer.
I also have several climbing roses, which cover walls and arches all summer. 

As for the edibles we now have almost daily asparagus, lettuce, the first broad beans, coriander and strawberries for breakfast!

Thursday, May 19, 2022

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 angelica is doing well this year, tall, full of flowers and buzzing with bees. A pity we are not opening the garden for the NGS until July this year. (usually first weekend in June) The flowers will be seed heads in a few more weeks and then need dead heading before all the seeds spread and become an angelica forest next year!

It is also asparagus time and we are picking between 1 and 2 kilos each day. We eat some ourselves, delicious fried or roasted in a little olive oil or chopped up into stir fries.
The remainder we put on our sales trolley which gives local people the chance to buy our organic produce a very reasonable prices and no air miles!
The money raised from the sale of the fruit and vegetables and plants we donate to various charities each year.
We only pick the asparagus for approximately six weeks and then leave the stems to grow and put back goodness into the plants ready for next year. So this special crop is appreciated in this short availability window.

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Good News

 Good news, I can continue with this blog.

The site may look a little different but here at Tysoe Walled Kitchen Garden we will continue as before.

A healthy drop of rain today 4.32mm, more than the whole month of April.

The garden is looking greener already.

Seeds are beginning to sprout and there are even the first flowers on tomato Roma.

A sign of good things to come.

Hope you will continue to read these blogs and enjoy our garden.

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