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2018 DNA Fingerprinting Scheme launched for apples, pears and cherries

The fruitID.com project has announced that following the success of their schemes in 2016 and 2017, they are offering DNA analysis of Apple, Pear and Cherry fruit trees for 2018 at £26 plus VAT per sample. The world-renowned research organisation NIAB-EMR at East Malling in Kent, will provide the DNA analysis through their laboratory, East Malling Services Ltd: the National Fruit Collection will review the results; and Peter Laws of fruitID.com will administer the scheme.

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Garden Organic welcomes European visitors

Garden Organic last month gave European visitors an insight into its successful social and therapy gardening projects over a week-long visit.

The delegates from Switzerland, Italy, Portugal, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Slovenia all work for charities running similar projects in their own countries. We have a chance to learn from each other through a three-year project called Towards Mutual Understanding with Nature, funded by Erasmus+.

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Ryton Gardens Q&A - Updated 25th September 2018

To help address some of the common questions around the current review process of the site at Ryton, below are a selection of the questions we have been asked in recent weeks, with our responses.

If you have any queries not covered here, or want to let us know your view, please do continue to send them to questions@gardenorganic.org.uk.

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Support the Pesticide Free Towns campaign

Garden Organic is supporting the Pesticide Free Towns campaign, launched by PAN UK. 

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One man and his organic plot 2018 May

One man & his organic plot - May 2018

Everything has started to come to life this month and Chris can now begin to see both his allotment and balcony flourish with life and colour. It's all go too for his role as Head of Organic Horticulture with a host of exciting events coming up including Gardeners World Live...

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One man & his organic plot_April 2018

One man & his organic plot - April 2018

It’s all about seed sowing at the moment. Despite the recent wet weather and cold snaps Chris has sown his tender crops, in preparation for better planting conditions - with plans in place to greatly extend his plot this spring. Chris is also gearing up for a busy events period, including a show garden at Chelsea.

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Mow less, and help the bees

A study in Massachusetts has found that reducing the frequency of mowing the lawn helped bee species. 
Researchers tested whether mowing every 1, 2 or 3 weeks had an effect on bee abundance and diversity.

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Take care feeding the birds

Supporting birds in the garden is to be encouraged, but supplementary feeding creates risks. Using feeders and bird tables for birds to congregate can transmit diseases.

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Organic Way Magazine

Mailing of our members’ magazine, The Organic Way

As an organisation we aim to keep our use of non-renewable resources, such as plastic, as low as possible in accordance with our Principles of Organic Gardening. It’s for this reason that we always have to make a tricky decision when finalising the mailing of our members’ magazine, The Organic Way.

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Plastics in the garden

In principle, organic growing uses non-renewable resources, such as plastic, as little as possible. However, any gardener encounters plastic at some stage, from pots to wheelbarrows and waterbutts. We discuss different types of plastic, and how to be mindful of the amount you use.

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