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.

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.

Leek - Allium porrum

Our kitchen garden is run entirely by volunteers. We are always looking for people to join us. At the moment we meet on a Thursday afternoon from the end of March until the end of September from 2:30-4pm. To find out more email: volunteer@lewespriory.org.uk

Pea - Pisum sativum



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

Archive

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