Our Medieval Kitchen Garden

Garlic - Allium sativum

Welcome to our medieval kitchen garden site. Here you can read the story of our community garden, find out how you can get involved, or learn more about food production and diet in the medieval period.

Leek - Allium porrum

Our kitchen garden is maintained by volunteers with a facilitator to guide sessions. We are always looking for people to join us. At the moment we meet fortnightly on Thursday afternoons (first and third of the month) from the beginning of March until the end of November from 2-4pm.

To find out more email:
[email protected]

Green leafy vegetables

<== Click on the pictures of vegetables to find out more about what the monks would have eaten, fun facts, recipes and growing tips.

Pea - Pisum sativum

To follow the story of the construction of the garden click on the link here:


The Onion - Allium cepa

This charming poem below is from fifteenth-century treatise on Gardening by Mayster Ion Gardener and stresses the importance of knowing when to plant particular seeds. Not so very different from today perhaps but there were no pretty packets with convenient instructions…..

How he shall his seeds sow
Of every month he must know
Both of wortys (cabbages) and of leek
Onions and of garlic
Parsley, clary and also sage
And all other herbage