• Top Tips for July

    • General: Keep hoeing off weeds to prevent them seeding
    • Vegetables: Feed tomatoes as they develop fruit. Keep well-watered
    • Pest Control: Use biological pest controls in greenhouses & open soil

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News

  • DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

    DEFRA lifts ban on neonics

    Garden Organic is dismayed to learn that DEFRA has granted permission to farmers to begin using neonicotinoids again on rape seed oil crops from this autumn. The Government granted this temporary derogation, following pressure from the National Farmers Union (NFU), who recently submitted a second emergency application for their use.

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  • London Major, Boris Johnson at School Market Place

    City Hall hosts School’s Marketplace for a second year

    The Mayor of London’s Food Programme team opened the doors of the prestigious City Hall to welcome ten London schools to hold their very own Schools Marketplace on Thursday 9th July 2015. The event was a mouth-watering showcase for delicious food grown in London’s schools from jams and chutneys, to salads, herbs, cordials, dips and more. The Schools Marketplace, was the grand finale of Grow Your Own Picnic 2015, a term-long celebration of food growing in London schools.

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  • Rob Smith - Winner BBC's Big Allotment Challenge

    BBC's Big Allotment Challenge winner visits Ryton Organic Gardens

    Rob Smith winner of the BBC’s Big Allotment Challenge enjoyed a visit to Ryton Organic Gardens today, Friday 19th June.

    Rob, one of our Heritage Seed Library (HSL) Seed Guardians, was seen on the BBC series earlier this year growing and showing our HSL varieties including Trifetti chilli and Boothby's blonde cucumber. His inspiration for growing these varieties began back in his childhood.

    Rob says: “I began growing heritage varieties when I realised that the produce I’d grown with my Grandad had much more flavour – the taste takes me back to my childhood.

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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.