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One man & his plot - Part 7

One man & his organic plot - Part Seven

‘Bumper crop’ is a good couple of words to start my blog this month and to conclude a bit of a whirl wind season as far as my own gardening efforts are concerned. I must admit, even for a man that has gardened for over three decades, I felt proud of my efforts on the allotment this year. For ground not gardened on for a few years and full of the dreaded horsetail, once I cropped its last big gift of grub, I felt a wee ‘well done’. So rewarding, both in the earth and on the dinner table. I will also sneak in, the small but important fact that it was all done organically!

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One man & his organic plot - Part 6

One Man & his organic plot - Part Six

Walking down to the allotment the scent of autumn is certainly in the air and the first tinges of yellows and red are showing in the deciduous trees. The great sleep approaches, somehow I feel a little bit jealous, and the idea of kipping through the dark months seems a pretty good one to me.

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 One man and his organic plot - Part Eight

One man & his organic plot - Part Eight

It is an unusual month December, the first couple of weeks are busy as we rush to get everything done before the holidays and then things tend to go very quiet. Consequently, I’ve not had much time for the allotment and have been suffering from withdrawal symptoms.

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How safe are garden centre plants?

How safe are garden centre plants?

Sarah Brown unpicks the recent worrying research about pesticide residues in garden centre plants.

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Ryton Organic Gardens

Please see the following statement from James Campbell, Chief Executive, Garden Organic:

 

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Three Counties Traditional Orchard Project

Charity helps preserve ancient orchards

When Garden Organic teamed with the Three Counties Traditional Orchard project to help restore declining orchards, something very inspiring happened.

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Assumed safety of pesticide use is false, says top government scientist

Damning assessment by one of the UK’s chief scientific advisers says global regulations have ignored the impacts of ‘dosing whole landscapes’ and must change.

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Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

Garden Organic scoops five star award at Harrogate Autumn Flower Show

The Garden Organic team enjoyed three busy days at the weekend for the Harrogate Autumn Flower Show. It was great to receive visits to the stand from so many of our members and it was a pleasure to be supported by volunteer members from in and around Harrogate. The trip was topped off by winning a five-star award for our Trade Stand for outstanding presentation and originality!

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Organic fruit and veg urged for schools

A new report by Pesticide Action Network UK (PAN UK) reveals that the fruit and vegetables given to four-to-six year olds via a government scheme aimed at promoting healthy eating habits contained residues of 123 different pesticides. These include suspected endocrine disruptors which interfere with hormone systems, known carcinogens, and organophosphates that can negatively affect children’s cognitive development.

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Do different pollinators affect plants?

A fascinating study has shown that different pollinators can affect a plant's development. Brassicas pollinated by bumble bees became taller and with more fragrant flowers than those pollinated by hoverflies. This implies that different pollinators will rapidly affect a plant's evolution. It then became evident that bumblebees preferred bumblebee-pollinated plants over hoverfly-pollinated plants. Could the plant have adapted to the bumblebees’ preferences?

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