• Top Tips for December

    • Give your compost heap Christmas treats – greenery, veg waste and paper
    • Wash your greenhouse glass to allow maximum light in
    • Clear damp fallen leaves away from low growing herbs to prevent rot

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  • Do plant smells repel snails?

    Why are some seedlings more commonly eaten by slugs and snails?  It is often thought to be down to taste. But new research from the University of Plymouth suggests it may be the smells produced by young seedlings that attract the molluscs.

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  • Risk of lack of pesticide regulation post Brexit

    UK’s lack of readiness to regulate pesticides post-Brexit poses major risks to the environment and human health – claims a new report from PAN UK and the Food Research Collaboration.

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  • Heritage Seed Library list 2019 is open!

    2019 HSL seed list now online!

    Many Heritage Seed Library members will have now received their printed copy of the 2019 seed list to browse and order from.
    This year there is 154 varieties to choose from, including Uncle Bert's Purple Kale, described as 'delicious' with a slightly nutty flavour. For 2019 we have 11 new varieties available, including Green Vienna Kohl Rabi, dating back to the 19th century. Grown for it's enlarged spherical stem, this variety has green skin and crisp white flesh. Also new for 2019 is Blue Prussian Pea (round seeded).

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  • Our Founder

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