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Frugal Gardening

Ensuring the show goes on

Winter is a challenge for many crops. Discover what Anton is sowing in summer to reduce the 'hungry gap'. He is a firm believer in planning ahead. 

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A berry nice place

It’s been a dreary and wet week on Lucy's allotment and she has found it difficult to motivate her children, perhaps some fresh berries and muddy puddles are the answer?

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organic insect decline

It's time to take action for insects

The Wildlife Trust, supported by Garden Organic and a number of other charities, has just launched a new report ‘Reversing the Decline of Insects’, highlighting the critical state of insect population decline.  And shows how all of us, wherever we live, can take action to bring back insects.

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Frugal Gardening

Eco-Budget Pest Control

Anton is feeling slightly puzzled over the broad beans and field beans in his growing space...

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A fantastic week in the garden

This week has been full of maintenance for Lucy on the allotment, but she has been rewarded kindly with home grown organic produce. 

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Frugal Gardening - Raising your seedlings with care

Why replicate the supermarket experience?

At the beginning of his blog series, Anton stated that he had limited space and would mainly focus on growing things that were unusual, expensive or difficult to obtain. Anton wants to grow something unusual that can't be found on shelves in the supermarkets or replicate their offering.

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Meet Jekka McVicar, Queen of Herbs, in this month’s podcast.

Chris and Jekka chat over a cuppa, as he hears about her remarkable life in the world of growing herbs.  Did she really ride on the back of Jamie Oliver’s scooter? Play at Glastonbury?

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Worrying damage to plants from herbicide contamination in compost

Worrying damage to plants from herbicide contamination in compost

In 2019 gardeners noticed significant damage to some of their plants – particularly annual vegetables which showed weak and stunted growth.  It is thought the problem came from weedkiller residues remaining in compost and manure.

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A heartfelt thank you from our CEO

A heartfelt message from our CEO, James Campbell

I would like to thank all of our supporters and members for their kind words and encouragement throughout the unprecedented environment that we have found ourselves in. Members have asked me if there is any way they can help the charity during this time, for which I am incredibly grateful and heartened. If you are able to make a donation to the charity, this will make all the difference at this time and will enable us to continue to support organic growers across the country with their growing spaces and gardens that have provided much relief during this time.

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On the allotment - Comfrey, corn and pests!

Last week Lucy headed back down to the allotment with the children to test out their first batch if comfrey and despite the smell, it felt great to be using homemade fertiliser on the allotment. It was also time to plant the replacement sweetcorn and deal with the pests!

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