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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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pesticides organic

Toxic Trade report on pesticides published

A devastating new report from PAN UK focuses on how trade deals beyond the EU threatens to weaken UK pesticide standards - threatening our health and natural environment.

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Frugal Gardening

Frugal Gardening - Aphidogeddon – the hands-off approach to aphids

This week find out how Anton's hands-off approach to aphids saved his pepper plants.

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On the Allotment with Lucy Shepherd

Fingers crossed

The allotment is getting full, and the HSL seeds are keeping Lucy busy! sounds like another batch of comfrey is definitely needed.

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Frugal Gardening

Homemade liquid feeds made easy

Container growing has lots of advantages. It is flexible, allows you to grow where there is no suitable soil available, and you can move them around at different times of year to suit the weather conditions. 
Join Anton to find out how to make your own liquid feeds to keep them healthy.

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