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.

Monday, February 20, 2023

february honey bees

In February, if it is not raining and the temperature is around 10 degrees or more then the honey bees will be flying, looking for food. They do not hibernate during the winter but keep warm by clustering together in their hive. They feed on their honey stores and if the hive is managed by bee keepers they also have a sugar block called foundation to eat.

But with the first bit of warmth they are out and about buzzing in the gardens.

You may think there is not much food for them in February, but if you grow the right plants the garden will be buzzing .

Snowdrops are wonderful at this time of year, brightening up the dullest spot and full of nectar and pollen for the bees.
The special varieties of snowdrop are also good food for bees, this is Diggory.

Crocus and Hellebore are a good food source.
Mistletoe, the almost insignificant flowers are easily spotted when you hear the buzzing coming from the branches that are covered in mistletoe.
Sarcococca, again like the mistletoe, the flowers are very small but the scent is amazing. Planted beside a path you can smell them several metres away and as you get closer the buzzing sound announces that the bees are feeding.

Memories of May

A funny year so far in the garden, Some plants were very late coming in to flower and then raced through the month. Lots of blossom on the f...