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.

Tuesday, August 2, 2022


 A wonderful vegetable and easy to grow.

I was introduced to this on a camping trip to France with friends in the 1970s.

I had never heard of it before but so easy to prepare and fry, a staple in our diet these days, even if only August to October.

One or two plants will provide plenty for a family.

With our large vegetable garden we grow a few more than that, we eat loads of vegetables!

So many varieties too. This year we are growing: Bianca di Trieste, Romanesco, Shooting Star, Early Gem, Defender. Then there are the mini squashes, such as Patti Pans.

The key is to pick them young and do keep looking for them as they can turn into huge marrows very quickly when hidden under the large leaves. If you want to enter them into a show they should be no more than 6 inches (15cms) long.

From the top: Romanesco, Bianca di Trieste, Early Gem and Shooting Star.

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