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Calling all Cumbrian Composters!

Garden Organic, the national charity for organic growing, is thrilled to be expanding 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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Places available for Certificate in Organic Horticulture, last chance to sign up!

Following a successful first year, horticultural education and training experts, The BEST in Horticulture Group will be running their Certificate in Organic Horticulture again, starting this autumn.

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Heritage Seed Library on BBC Gardeners World tonight!

Heritage Seed Library features on BBC Gardeners World

Thursday's episode of BBC Gardeners World included a feature on our Seed Guardian Adam Alexander and his role preserving heritage veg through the Heritage Seed Library.

Viewers were able to share in Adam's passion of saving seeds, and got a glimpse of his productive growing area.

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Bees found to acquire a taste for pesticides

Study shows bee develop preference for pesticides

Bumblebees acquire a taste for pesticide-laced food that can be compared to nicotine addiction in smokers, say scientists. The more of the nicotine-like chemicals they consume, the more they appear to want, a study has shown.

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Recyclable plant pots - are they the answer?

Plastic pollution has been a high-profile issue in 2018, and the ubiquitous black plant pot is one of the worst offenders.  Garden centres are now planning to replace them with plastic that can be recycled.  But is this enough?

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What can seed saving do for you?

Seed saving is often viewed as a bit of a dark art even amongst those that are experienced at growing their own food. However, it seems that this practice is more widespread than we believed ....

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southwark growing, garden organic

Help us to continue our organic growing project in Southwark 2016 we launched a new project in the London Borough of Southwark. The project was funded by the Hirschmann Foundation to train Master Gardeners, and Food Buddies, to go into the most deprived wards in the borough and teach residents how to grow and cook their own organic food.

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Garden Organic celebrates another successful year in its 2017 Annual Review

We're thrilled to share the successes of another productive year through our 2017 Annual Review, sent to Garden Organic members at the beginning of the month.

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Monsanto loses court case concerning the safety of glyphosate

Monsanto has lost a landmark trial in San Francisco, when it was found that a former school groundskeeper developed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma as a result of using Monsanto’s glyphosate-based weedkiller Roundup.

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One man and his organic plot August 2018

One man & his organic plot - August 2018

As the heat draws to a conclusion, Chris is looking forward to a breather after a busy spring and summer. Chatting away to all of the gardeners and allotment holders he knows, this has been a summer season of watering and very little else but for those of you that managed to get out and tend to your plants on a daily basis, you will have seen success.

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