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100% organic ethical clothing

Garden Organic clothing store now open!

We’re delighted to say that we now have a fantastic range of clothes and accessories now available to buy. The range, designed by ethical clothing company Rapannui, includes t-shirts, jumpers, hoodies, tea towels and cotton bags. All items are specifically designed for Garden Organic and are made from 100% organic, ethically sourced cotton.

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Volunteers needed to help spread the word about composting

People across Leicestershire are being invited to become “compost ambassadors” to encourage local residents to reduce their waste and help protect the environment. The aim of the scheme is to educate people about the value and benefits of home composting. This environmentally friendly process reduces the amount of organic waste sent to landfill, reduces greenhouse gas emissions, saves money and helps to improve soil fertility.

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mizuna

Get your winter vitamin fix!

Things tend to slow up in the garden at this time of year, with the more tedious tidying jobs taking priority, however that need not be the case! If you need your fresh green salad fix in the dark days of winter, then don’t despair. Some seeds will still germinate under cover. From oriental leaves to winter spinach and cress – your vitamin intake will stay intact.

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Green Apple Award for Master Composters

Master Composters scoop top award!

Garden Organic and Norfolk County Council’s Master Composter programme this month won a silver Green Apple award at a prestigious ceremony held at the Houses of Parliament for a joint programme with Love Food Hate Waste.

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Glyphosate - did the EU regulators fraudulently claim it is safe?

A German toxicologist has recently accused the EU authorities of scientific fraud over glyphosate link with cancer. Dr Peter Clausing says the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have twisted scientific facts to give glyphosate a clean bill of health. It all comes down to how to select data to support your argument. Clausing claims that there is “ample evidence” that “European authorities twisted or ignored scientific facts and distorted the truth to enable the conclusion that glyphosate is not to be considered a carcinogen."

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Chicago Warted Hubbard heritage seed library squash variety

HSL seed list now online!

Many HSL members will now have received their printed copy of the 2017 seed list to browse and order from.

This year the list is as good as ever, with 158 varieties to choose from, including the Chicago Warted Hubbard pictured here, who's ugly exterior hides beautiful golden flesh. Six of this year's varieties are newly available, including the Solid Pink celery with striking pink stems that retain their colour even when cooked, and the Wrobel’s Own runner bean, named after Mr Wrobel who grew it for over 20 years!

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Food Growing Schools London

London schools celebrate food growing success at City Hall

From strawberry jam to tomato ketchup, and the great British apple to winter salad bags - young entrepreneurs from 10 London schools shared their food growing skills with the public at City Hall on Thursday 13 October 2016. They represent the increasing number of London students experiencing the huge benefits of food growing since the launch of Food Growing Schools: London in 2013.

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Glyphosate: the latest scientific review

In a “state of the science” review released this week, Pesticide Action Network(PAN) International reveals the true extent of the adverse effects of glyphosate and glyphosate-based herbicides on human health and the environment. This review supports Garden Organic's concerns, and the actions of our members who have supported the campaign to ban the herbicide.

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tulip ecobulbs

Bulbs for the organic grower

If you’re looking to introduce some splashes of spring colour into your organic garden, the autumn months are the perfect time to plant spring and summer flowering bulbs. Bulbs such as narcissi and crocus can provide many years of colour, requiring little attention, and are often the first things to appear in the garden each year - heralding the welcome arrival of spring.

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earthworm watch

‘Earthworm Watch’ returns to unearth the secrets of soil health

The Autumn re-launch of ‘Earthworm Watch’ is set to inspire an army of gardeners and other citizen scientists across the UK to record the diversity of earthworms hidden beneath our feet!

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