News

Ryton research site is set to become the UK base of a major European sustainable food and farming project.

With Ryton's research facilities, this site is set to become the UK base of a major European sustainable food and farming project.

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Frugal Gardening

The virtues of the humble field bean

This week Anton gives a shout out to an unsung hero, the field bean. Field beans (Vicia faba) are exactly the same species as broad beans, however, they produce smaller pods with smaller beans but in much greater numbers. Find out more about why Anton finds them dependable...

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National Allotments Week 2020

Join us to celebrate National Allotments Week 2020 from 10th - 16th August.

We're excited to celebrate allotments and how they play a vital role in our health and wellbeing. From growing your own organic veg to encouraging wildlife into your surroundings we cover a range of advice, tips, and things to do to help incorporate wellbeing into your allotment and would love for you to get involved. 

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Planning ahead

Lucy prefers a growing space with a colourful mix of plants and flowers with no particular order, but she has been trying to plan ahead this week to prepare for vegetables all year round. 

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Frugal Gardening

Producing unusual house plants from a visit to the grocer’s

Turn your living room into that jungle you have always wanted with Anton's tips on how to produce exotic houseplants gathered from supermarkets.

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A real allotmenteer

Seven days away from the allotment has meant that the competitive weeds have taken over, but so have the delicious veggies. Find out which of the veggies Lucy's children were most excited by this week and why Lucy feels like a real allotmenteer!

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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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