Henry Doubleday Research Association (HDRA) is the main UK organic
charity and from the web site you can download all sorts of very
useful free factsheets. As a member of HDRA you support this organic
charity and receive the quarterly magazine The Organic Way. They
also sell organic seeds, plants and everything else in their catalogue
Royal Horticultural Society; main UK gardening charity who have
many gardens including RHS Harlow Carr. The site has many free
factsheets you can download. The veg pages are really useful (www.rhs.org.uk/vegetables) and you can apply for free seeds if you are an RHS member.
Carol Klein’s vegetable growing facts from the BBC, based
on the programmes screened in January and February 2007 (and the
DVD will surely be available at some point). And the gardening
web page is a mine of useful information.
Everything you need for composting, wildlife, wildflowers and
ponds; comprehensive selection of photos of wildflowers in catalogue.
Harrod Horticulture sells wide range of veg garden items, and
organic plants. Products used at RHS Harlow Carr. Follow Stephanie’s
progress in her kitchen garden!
Defland Nurseries selling organic plants by post. Set delivery
dates and plant selections. Catalogue has a section for children.
University of Sheffield tested wildflower meadow seeds.
Possibly the most beautiful seed catalogue you’ll ever receive.
Flower, veg and herb seeds, with stunning drawings, descriptions
and useful tips and information.
Organic Gardening Magazine comes monthly to your door, with informative
writing on all aspects of being organic.
OrganicLife is a (new) monthly magazine published by GMC, and
tells you everything about living an organic lifestyle.
UK's leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic
farming and championing human health.
Beautiful garden design for you if you are in the London area
Lots of useful advice and hints about Growing Your Own.
Free trees and hedging plants are available, plus lots of information on making a wildlife friendly environment. Lots for schools and children and fantastic leaf and tree charts.
Sites with a vegetable planner:
http://www.rhs.org.uk/vegetables/documents/VegPlanner.pdf - A
colour veg planner from the RHS but it’s optimistic for
a northern plot.
- a huge plot from Defland showing a four year crop rotation.
Other useful sites:
Rocket Gardens.co.uk is a mail order online company based in West
Cornwall which organically grows and distributes vegetable and
herb seedlings throughout the UK direct to customers. Plus growing
guides and planting plans, and instant garden packs.
On this website, select UKTV Gardens at the top, and there is a ‘grow your own’ section. You can elect to receive Grow Your Own veg updates. On your TV you can also watch all sorts of gardening programmes, new and old, on UKTV Gardens.
What the Department for Environment, food and rural affairs (government
body) is doing.
Organic Farmers & Growers Ltd is one of a number of certification
bodies accredited by Defra and is approved to inspect organic
production and processing in the UK.
www.nsalg.org.uk (National society of allotment
and leisure gardeners)
Allotment societies are experiencing a boom, and waiting lists,
but nothing ventured, nothing gained?
Essentials for the garden from organic fertilisers and pest controls
to pegs and netting.
Their catalogue is a cheerful read that many gardeners would not
be without. All sorts of seeds in their ‘Grow something
new from seed’ and ‘Vegbook’.
www.willowworks.co.uk or www.simplywillow.co.uk
or www.waterwillows.com (organic)
Buy Willow Whips or cuttings to give you free canes to make cloches
and supports for your plot, or create a living willow sculpture
in your garden. Whips are delivered (and so must be planted) Dec,