Enjoy a greener Christmas

For many households, Christmas is a time when more waste than usual is produced. Read our handy frequently asked questions for advice on what to do with your dinner left-overs, your wrapping paper, you Christmas cards and your Christmas tree.

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Shop organically this Christmas

If you're looking to buy organic and ethical gifts this Christmas, we would recommend shopping from The Organic Gardening Catalogue. To help you choose, we encouraged staff to send Santa their wishes, here's what they chose...

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World Soil Day

World Soil Day falls on Monday December 5th. Garden Organic will be celebrating, along with all other organic growers who recognise that a healthy soil is at the heart of healthy growing. Download our free Soil Pack, which helps you to understand your soil and how to manage it - the organic way!

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100% organic ethical clothing

Garden Organic clothing store now open!

We’re delighted to say that we now have a fantastic range of clothes and accessories now available to buy. The range, designed by ethical clothing company Rapannui, includes t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies, tea towels and cotton bags. All items are specifically designed for Garden Organic and are made from 100% organic, ethically sourced cotton.

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Volunteers needed to help spread the word about composting

People across Leicestershire are being invited to become “compost ambassadors” to encourage local residents to reduce their waste and help protect the environment. The aim of the scheme is to educate people about the value and benefits of home composting. This environmentally friendly process reduces the amount of organic waste sent to landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money and helps to improve soil fertility.

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Chicago Warted Hubbard heritage seed library squash variety

HSL seed list online soon!

Many HSL members will now have received their printed copy of the 2017 seed list to browse and order from.

This year the list is as good as ever, with 158 varieties to choose from, including the Chicago Warted Hubbard pictured here, who's ugly exterior hides beautiful golden flesh. Six of this year's varieties are newly available, including the Solid Pink celery with striking pink stems that retain their colour even when cooked, and the Wrobel’s Own runner bean, named after Mr Wrobel who grew it for over 20 years!

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Get your winter vitamin fix!

Things tend to slow up in the garden at this time of year, with the more tedious tidying jobs taking priority, however that need not be the case! If you need your fresh green salad fix in the dark days of winter, then don’t despair. Some seeds will still germinate under cover. From oriental leaves to winter spinach and cress – your vitamin intake will stay intact.

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Green Apple Award for Master Composters

Master Composters scoop top award!

Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council’s Master Composter programme this month won a silver Green Apple award at a prestigious ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament for a joint programme with Love Food Hate Waste.

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Glyphosate - did the EU regulators fraudulently claim it is safe?

A German toxicologist has recently accused the EU authorities of scientific fraud over glyphosate link with cancer. Dr Peter Clausing says the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have twisted scientific facts to give glyphosate a clean bill of health. It all comes down to how to select data to support your argument. Clausing claims that there is “ample evidence” that “European authorities twisted or ignored scientific facts and distorted the truth to enable the conclusion that glyphosate is not to be considered a carcinogen."

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Food Growing Schools London

London schools celebrate food growing success at City Hall

From strawberry jam to tomato ketchup, and the great British apple to winter salad bags - young entrepreneurs from 10 London schools shared their food growing skills with the public at City Hall on Thursday 13 October 2016. They represent the increasing number of London students experiencing the huge benefits of food growing since the launch of Food Growing Schools: London in 2013.

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