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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

One man & his organic plot - November 2019

As autumn kicks in, Chris starts to reflect on the growing season and ponders over what worked, what didn't, what he has learnt and what has given him the most pleasure. But also, like all good gardeners, Chris is looking to the future and already planning for next spring. 

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pesticide residue, cocktail effect, organic

The dangerous 'cocktail effect' of pesticides

A quarter of the UK’s food contains pesticide cocktails.  These are residues of multiple chemicals added during the crop’s growing life.  This ‘cocktail effect’ is not examined by the government safety agency - despite evidence that these cocktails can harm human health and wildlife.

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wildlife organic gardening

Worrying news about the decline in UK's wildlife

Over 40 per cent of the UK’s wildlife species have declined since 1970.  A loss driven primarily by changes in agriculture and the ongoing effects of climate change.

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Garden Organic launch For Peat's Sake campaign

Can you help us to end the use of peat in horticulture?

Over 95% of the UK’s peat bogs have become degraded or destroyed. This not only wipes out these rare ecosystems – wild areas which are home to a wealth of plants, birds and insects – but also rapidly increases our carbon emissions.

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glyphosate

Study links Glyphosate to breast cancer

A newly published study adds to the ever-growing pile of evidence which shows glyphosate causes cancer.  This time it’s breast cancer.

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organic gardening podcast

October podcast - get listening!

It's a bumper harvest in this month’s podcast.
Chris and Sarah discuss the fun of saving your own seed – it’s free, it works, and you’ll know that next year’s plants will be organic.  Other practical tips include how to prune raspberries, make leafmould, and protect brassicas from those pesky pigeons!

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Temporary closure of Ryton Organic Gardens - we'll be back in the spring...

Following our recent sale announement, Ryton Organic Gardens is now temporarily closed whilst we build our new organic demonstration garden, due to open in Spring 2020.

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Wales Real Food & Farming Conference

Book your place at the Wales Real Food & Farming Conference

The Wales Real Food and Farming Conference, taking its lead from the Oxford Real Farming Conference, will explore diverse issues across sustainable food and farming, bringing together farmers, food producers, environmentalists and people involved in public health, food education, sovereignty and justice.

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World of Beatrix Potter

New partner garden!

We’re pleased to have added the World of Beatrix Potter™ Attraction to our list of gardens where Garden Organic members receive a discount on admission.

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Chris Collins, one man & his organic plot April

One man & his organic plot - October 2019

This month Chris will be looking to develop his fruit area and thinking about the varieties he'd like to grow. He will also be prioritising his neighbouring plot - putting back the paths and redefining the plot. The last kick of summer has also provided Chris with a final bounty of butternut squash, beans and tomatoes making all his efforts worthwhile.

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