• Top Tips for January

    • General: Reduce watering of your houseplants now - just keep them moist.
    • Vegetables: Remove and compost dead and yellowing leaves from winter brassicas.
    • Compost: Aerate your compost heap by turning it.

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  • organic fruit, bare root trees

    Plan ahead to beat those January blues

    Close your eyes and think of summer. Bees buzzing, warm sun, the garden at its most verdant. Pears, apples and cherries hanging on the bough, their juices waiting for that taste explosion in your mouth.

    Well, in the cold dark days of winter, now is the time to create that fruitful bliss. Because these are the months for bare root planting. Raspberries, quinces, plums – as well as the popular apples and pears – are all available for planting and holding that promise of summer.

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  • New research shows persistent intake of glyphosate seriously affects liver and kidneys

    A new study from King's College London reveals that the impact of very, very low, but long term, exposure to glyphosate-based herbicides (weedkillers) causes liver disease. Why is this important? Because we know that over 30% of the bread we eat contains glyphosate. Non-organic wheat and soya crops are dosed with it, especially pre-harvest. “This study is unique in that it is the first to show a causative link between consumption of Roundup at a real-world environmental dose and a serious disease condition,” write the authors, Dr Robin Mesnage and Dr Michael Antoniou.

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  • The Oxford Real Farming Conference

    In the first week in January, Oxford becomes the hub for farming folk to gather. There is the NUF conference, where the emphasis is on the politics of farming as a business, and down the road the Oxford Real Farming Conference. Here farmers and growers gather to discuss how to keep the land productive for wildlife as well as the farmer. Organic, sustainable, re-wilding and agroecology were all the buzz words.

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Featured Person

  • Our Founder

    Lawrence Hills, a freelance journalist and keen organic grower, founded our organisation in 1954. He was passionate about promoting the potential of the herb comfrey as a natural fertiliser and the benefits of organic growing as a whole.