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  • How to be a better Gardener

    Plant native trees and shrubs - they support more wildlife. Have a variety of heights - much more bird friendly. Chose 'open' flowers that are easily accessible to bees . Think before you use a petrol machine - does the grass really need cutting? Do I need a chain saw for that branch? Consider alternatives: push mower, scythe, saw, loppers. Do not rush to tidy up in autumn. Dead flower heads often provide homes for overwintering friends. Use green manures. They improve the soil as well as providing colour and interest eg. Phacelia, Clovers, Buckwheat. Bees love
  • All About Onions

    The onion plant has been grown and selectively bred in cultivation for at least 7,000 years. Onions are part of the allium family - along with shallots, garlic and leeks. Onion Sets Onion sets are available as white or red for spring planting and as white onions for autumn planting. (Onion Sets are grown by sowing onion seed thickly late in the summer. The plants are allowed to grow just until they start forming bulbs. These immature bulbs are dug, cured like regular onions, then held in temperature-controlled warehouses until spring, when they are sold as onion sets).
  • Crop Rotation

      January is a good time to think about your crop rotation and what quantities you will be growing.  What was a success last year, what did you have a glut off – and what did no one like?  (Bridget - what is wrong with courgettes?) Taking photos throughout the year is a good idea too as it is so easy to forget what everything looked like on a dark January day! What is Crop Rotation? Crop Rotation is the practice of growing specific groups of vegetables on a different part of the vegetable plot each year. This helps to reduce a build-up of crop-specific pest
  • What does Organic mean?

    Organic food is food produced by methods that comply with the Standards of organic farming. Standards vary worldwide, but organic farming in general features practices that strive to cycle resources, promote ecological balance, and conserve biodiversity. Organic Growers do not use any chemical fertilizers, insecticides or herbicides on the crops they grow.  Neither do they use Genetically Modified seed. The emphasis is on working with nature to produce a healthy soil environment through the addition of natural inputs (for example seaweed) and green manures.
  • Propagation

    If you want to get you seeds off to an early start you will need to create a nice warm and protected environment.  There are 4 ways of doing this - soil warming cable, heated propagator, heating mat, hot press. Soil warming cable   Soil warming cable. Early propagation requires a consistent soil temperature of 12ºC to 16ºC. Germination and root development are very slow below these temperature levels. If you have a large area to heat up then a soil warming cable is ideal.  The cables are ready to use and can be plugged into a thermostat for complete temperature
  • What are Green Manures?

    Green Manures, also referred to as fertility building crops, may be broadly defined as crops grown for the benefit of the soil. A wide range of plant species can be used as green manures. Different ones bring different benefits. If the most is to be made from green manure crops it is important that they are carefully integrated into the crop rotation and proper attention paid to their cultivation. Advantages -  Increased biological activity  Improved soil structure and drainage  Reduced erosion and leaching  Increased supply of nutrients available to plants
  • Klasmann Organic Compost

    To be sure of good strong healthy plants, consistent high quality substrates are paramount. Manufacturing of such products for the many different sectors of horticulture requires not only a vast amount of experience, but also continuous research, on site laboratories and an efficient production plant. There are only few companies in Europe which fulfil these criteria, and Klasmann-Deilmann is one of them. Klasmann Deilmann, based in Germany, has been manufacturing substrates for more than 100 years. They were also one of the first companies to make certified
  • Attracting Wildlife in the Garden

    Provide as many habitats as possible and make the most of the ones you have Lawns Lawns provide a home for many insects that are eaten by birds and other wildlife. You can improve your lawn for wildlife by simply avoiding the use of weed killers and artificial fertilizers. Providing areas of grass of different heights, which are cut at different times of the year, optimises food potential. Grow clover in your lawn. Clovers are of great value to bees, which will pollinate your plants, as a source of nectar. Hedges Consider a hedge rather than a fence. For every foot of
  • Open pollinated seeds

    January is always a good time to be thinking about seeds - what you're going plant, what to buy, what you want to grow and how much you need. All our seeds are open pollinated and organic/bio-dynamic. View our full selection HERE The vast majority of our seeds come from Lincolnshire in England and are produced by a community owned seed company - the Seed Co-operative - not a large multinational but a group of committed individuals who care about open -pollinated seeds. From their own web-site they state -  "We grow seeds for everyone, and for the health and well
  • 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

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