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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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Helping children to develop healthy habits…

Helping children to develop healthy habits…

Garden Organic and Dole Packaged Foods Europe bring special Learning Garden to Bexley primary schools.

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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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Purchase a special organic gift this Christmas

Support Garden Organic this Christmas

As you plan your festive celebrations, there are many different ways you can provide extra support to Garden Organic by shopping with one of our handful of carefully selected, organic and ethical suppliers.

Here are a few suggestions to inspire you!

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Pesticide Free Towns campaign

Back in April, we asked Garden Organic members if they were interested in supporting the Pesticide Free Towns  campaign.  Led by PAN UK, the campaign was centred on the London local elections, held in May. The response was fantastic ......

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2019 courses at Ryton Organic Gardens

2019 courses at Ryton Organic Gardens - available to book now

We're delighted to announce the launch of our courses for 2019. We're offering a range of horticultural courses and next year will see the introduction of a brand new three part gardening series, covering seasonal gardening topics.

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Campaigning Round Up

Garden Organic is represented on a number of important committees, groups and organisations in order to promote organic growing and campaign for a greater awareness of organic principles. Sometimes the progress is slow, sometimes frustrating, but always we speak with clarity on behalf of our members.  See here for some of our current activities.

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 One man and his organic plot - November

One man & his organic plot - November 2018

Chris is still getting carried away with the landscaping of his allotment plot, with a series of low raised beds that will aid his ambition to operate a no dig policy. Chris’ balcony garden is also going through changes, especially the trees around as autumn sets in. The seasonal planting both colour and edible has now been removed to make way for bulbs.

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 One man and his organic plot - December

One man & his organic plot - December 2018

Winter has finally landed and yet another year ends. For those under the age of 40 it probably doesn’t mean that much, but for us past that landmark, it’s amazing how fast a year goes by. All the more reason to be enjoying the great outdoors, the gift that is nature and all the freshly grown organic food you can eat.

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