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  • World Soil Day 2016

      Soil is vital to humankind. Over 99 percent of human foods come from the earth. Soil is more than just the dirt under our feet. It is a home for living organisms and it provides nutrients and stability for plants to grow. Without soil, the plants necessary for people and animals to survive could not exist.  Erosion, sealing, loss of organic matter, compaction, salinisation, landslides and contamination have negative impacts on human health, food security, natural ecosystems, biodiversity and climate, as well as on our economy. -99% of our food comes directly
  • To get the best potato crop - add plenty of potash

    Potash deficiency in potato tubers Potatoes are heavy feeders. To get the best crop you should add plenty of fertility in the form of manure, compost or organic plant feeds. You might not be aware of how much they can benefit from a high potash feed. Potash is potassium (K) in a plant available form. Tubers with black in the middle are a sign of potash deficiency. Another sign is yellowing around the leaf margins. Sources of potash If you have a wood fire you can use wood ash to boost your potash levels. Take care to only use wood ash. Coal or peat ash is not a good
  • Growing potatoes in a greenhouse or polytunnel for a very early crop

    Potatoes can be planted at any time of year, provided you keep them free from frost. If you have a polytunnel or greenhouse then you can plant them in December or January and have very early potatoes on the table in March and April (early varieties take around 80 to 100 days before they are ready. If you have enough space, the seed potatoes can be planted in beds, just as you would outside. Another way to grow them is in large containers or grow bags. Filled with good quality potting compost and and a general purpose organic feed (such as Greenvale). The grow bags can
  • Seeds for grassland, forage and soil fertility

    Research is confirming that a diverse mix of grasses, legumes and other plants improves pasture and grassland for soil health, animal health and for wildlife. The Organic Research Centre in the UK has published a summary of results from a recent study that clearly shows the benefits of incorporating more than two species of legumes to help build soil fertility: Legumes: building soil fertility (pdf file) Legumes such as clover help build soil fertility They also found that including different grasses in the mix helped: "There are benefits from the inclusion of
  • Gift vouchers now available to buy online!

    We've just launched a new feature on the website. You can now buy gift vouchers! There are two types: Email Gift Vouchers: the recipient will get a nice email with a unique code to use on the website. You can enter a personalised message and choose the day they get the email. Print Gift Vouchers: you'll get a link to print out a gift voucher that you can give directly to the recipient (or for example put inside a birthday card). In all cases, we need to check that your payment for the voucher has gone through before sending you the voucher, so please be patient as
  • Controlling blight using organic methods

    It's the time of year to start thinking about preventing blight - especially in your potato crop. There are now some excellent blight resistant varieties suitable for organic growers. We saw great demand for these this spring and sold out quickly. We'll make sure to have as many blight resistant varieties as possible next year. Another way to avoid blight is simply to grow earlies or 2nd earlies and get them harvested before blight takes hold. This does mean that you may not get such a large yield, and may not be suitable for people looking to store through the
  • Bee friendly flowers and seeds

    If you want to encourage bees then sowing flowers is a great idea. Not only do they look beautiful but you'll be helping our bee populations by providing them with diversity and much needed nectar. Organic seeds and organic growing methods are important since bees are especially sensitive to pesticides. To help you find bee friendly products we created a new section on our site especially for bee friendly plants you can grow. Click here to visit our bee friendly seeds now.   var
  • Settling into our new premises

    Just before Christmas we moved to new larger premises. We also changed all our computer systems and website. Needless to say this made for a lot of new things to learn and quite a bit of stress! The spring rush is now subsiding a bit so we've finally got time to breathe. We've shipped out hundreds of orders all over the country during the last few weeks. If you purchased something we're hope your happy with your items - do let us know any feedback so we can continue to improve our service.  We thought you might like to see a few photos of our new place:

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