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, September 24, 2023

compost suprise

I am sure many of you who make your own compost have experienced this.

The lovely compost that you have been making over the past year is then spread over the flower borders, greatly improving the soil and health of your plants.

Then as the summer progresses you find a plant that you did not sow in that border but you do recognise it.

A tomato plant. So instead of weeding it out,  you leave it there, no training or pinching out, just let it do its thing.

Then August and September come round and you have tomatoes ripening in the sun!

We have some of these growing in the potato patch and we have had a wonderful crop, plus more still ripening.

The strange thing is that, because of all the rain and damp weather we had in July and August, the potatoes have all suffered from blight, except the Sarpo blight resistant ones.

We have had to remove all the tops from the potatoes to save the crop. But the tomatoes, in the same family as potatoes are unaffected! Explain that.

Friday, September 1, 2023

climbing courgette

 For several years we have been trying to grow the climbing courgette variety Black Forest.

Each year it has failed to grow more than about 50cm.

This year we found another climbing variety Shooting Star. Success!

It has grown well and we have tied it to a support so it goes quite high.

The fruit from the "Shooting Star" are lovely thin and bright yellow. Also very delicious.

A definite must for next years planting.

Keeping on the yellow theme we have also had success with melons in the greenhouse. This variety called Emir are quite a small fruit just enough for 2 and are ripening and tasting great, really juicy.

Once again we entered several things into our local flower and produce show and won 2 firsts, 2 seconds and 2 thirds.

        The Firsts were for a brace of courgettes and my bowl of fruit. A successful year.

March 2024

 In February we had about  80 mm rain (compared with only 10 mm in February 2023). This March about 50mm rain (roughly the same as in 2023)....