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Celebrating peat-free April

Join us as we push for a peat-free growing world this month. We have tips on what bagged potting mixes to buy, how to make your own, and how to urge your local retailer to go peat-free.  
 

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April podcast – the joys of Spring growing

It’s that exciting time of year when it feels like full steam ahead in the garden. Enjoy our awardwinning podcast to put a spring in your wellies.

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Banning peat in horticulture? Have your say...

Banning peat in horticulture? Have your say...

The government has launched a public consultation on ‘Ending the retail sale of peat in horticulture in England and Wales.' This is an important step in the banning of peat from growing compost mixes, as well as from the millions of plants that are sold in peat mixes. Garden Organic has responded to the consultation, and we would urge you to add your voice too.

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Members Experiments - Help us test a new organic pest control.

We have been running members' experiments for over 60 years and, thanks to participation from members across the UK, we have been able to use information gathered in gardeners' back yards and allotments to further organic growing knowledge and practice. Did you know, for example, that it was through a Garden Organic (or HDRA as we were known as then) members experiment carried out many years ago that it was first discovered that carrot root flies aren't particularly good fliers, and you could protect your carrot crop with a simple barrier.

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March podcast - get ready for Spring!

It's ready, get set, but not quite 'grow' this month.  Join Chris and Sarah as they get started in the race towards Spring.

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Garden Organic and Salvation Army work together to provide organic food

Garden Organic and Salvation Army work together to provide organic food

Last year we started working with the Salvation Army in Coventry, to put our surplus organic produce to good use. Martyn Evans, Chaplain to The Salvation Army homelessness service in Coventry, explains how this partnership has helped them.

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Devastating climate impact of peat in UK horticulture

New analysis by The Wildlife Trusts has calculated the shocking impacts of extracting peat for use in horticulture.

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For Peat's Sake campaign update

New potting compost labelling scheme launched

The horticultural industry has announced new measures to help gardeners choose their potting composts wisely.  These include on-pack labelling with a QR code to help check the sustainability rating of the materials within. 

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One man and his organic plot is back

One man and his organic plot is back for 2022!

Chris is back sharing the tales of his organic plot, but before dives straight back into gardening, he reminds us to appreciate the sights of winter and the simple delights of nature. For example, the garden birds that are busy feeding this time of year.
 

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One man and his organic plot - March

Although March is the month that marks the beginning of spring Chris reminds us that it can still be fraught with dangers for the gardener.

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