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Toyota helps get Leicestershire growing

Toyota Helps Get Leicestershire Growing

For Toyota, used pallet collars may be a waste item, which are stacked at the depot in Leicester, waiting to be sent for recycling. For gardeners however, they are gold, providing instant stackable raised beds that are particularly good for creating growing spaces for people with physical disabilities.

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Garden Organic's Master Composters

Master Composters are coming to Cumbria!

Garden Organic are thrilled to be launching its nationally recognised volunteer Master Composter programme in Cumbria thanks to funding from Cumbria County Council. The Master Composter programme is part of the council’s strategy to reduce the burden of waste from the county, by teaching more people how to compost their own waste at home.

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EU petition to ban glyphosate gathers over 1m signatures

In March, many GO members signed a petition to ban glyphosate. It was part of an ECI (European Citizens' Initiative) which also requested a reform of the pesticide approval process and a reduction in pesticide use throughout Europe. According to the terms of the ECI, if over 1m signatures are achieved, then the EU Commission is forced to discuss the matter with the petition proposers. Last week, the target of 1m signatures was surpassed.

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France declares public spaces pesticide free - private gardens will follow

The French Senate has banned the use of pesticides for gardeners from 2019. This is excellent news for those campaigning against harmful chemicals contained in glyphosate formulations, as well as neonicotinoids.

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Nant y Bedd

A big welcome to two new partner gardens...

We are delighted to have two new partner gardens on-board, Nant y Bedd and Grapes Hill Community Garden

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MYHarvest research project

MYHarvest research project

MYHarvest (Measure Your Harvest) is an exciting research project investigating the quantities of home grown fruit and vegetables across the UK. Gardeners across the country are encouraged to sign up and record their individual harvests. There is no doubt that growing your own produce contributes to a healthy diet and general well-being. But we don’t know how much own-grown food gardeners and growers are able to produce. And can it contribute to this country’s food security?

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Plants with alternative uses

Plants with alternative uses

We are collecting information on alternative uses of plants amongst our members and supporters. Perhaps there is a plant you or your family have always used that you would like to tell us about. It may be a leaf that stops your skin itching, a root that makes a good dye or even a stem that can be made into twine.

We've already been researching what can be done with some of the plants growing at Ryton Organic Gardens. Without even growing anything new, we have found many plants in place which have a multitude of alternative uses.

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 One man and his organic plot - Part Two

One Man & his organic plot - Part Two

Our Head of Organic Horticulture, Chris Collins takes us on his allotment journey...

The growing season is now well and truly underway and it's a fact that gardening is a series of challenges and this season is proving no different. Firstly, we all need to resist the temptation to go early with all those tender crops that we have raised carefully under glass or in my case, in my home.

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New publication - The Principles of Organic Gardening

Garden Organic is pleased to announce the publication of a new booklet which neatly summarises the five organic gardening principles. Feed the soil, encourage wildlife, use resources responsibly, avoid harmful chemicals and keep your growing area healthy. Based on over 60 years of research, the easy to read Principles explains the thinking behind each of the above.

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Worrying level of pesticides found in 'Bee Friendly' plants

New research has found that many of the plants sold in garden centres as 'Bee or Pollinator Friendly' in fact contain dangerous levels of pesticides. Dr Dave Goulson, from Sussex University explains "Garden centres frequently market nectar- and pollen-rich ornamental plants as “pollinator-friendly”, however these plants are often treated with pesticides during their production...

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