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How to grow from seed: eight tips for new gardeners

Jess Gotham: Want to grow your own but don’t know where to start? The task of growing from seed can seem daunting if you’ve never done it before. Now is the perfect time of year to begin getting your hands into the soil, but if you haven’t got naturally green fingers and find your plants die for no apparent reason, this blog will help you turn your patch into a source of satisfaction instead of stress. The Soil Association’s head of horticulture, expert gardener Ben Raskin, gave us some tips.

17 April 2015 | 1 Comments | Recommended by 2

10 ways to eat organic on a budget

Tom Hunt: With a little shopping knowhow we can all buy more organic produce - here are 10 ways to eat organic on a budget. From eating less meat to buying in bulk - find out the tricks to getting more from your money.

03 March 2015 | 5 Comments | Recommended by 39

First harvest

Tim Young: Sunday was a red-letter day for us and our allotment – our first harvest. With the gleeful help of the kids we filled an ice-cream tub full of broad bean pods, and a bowlful of lettuce leaves for lunch.

21 June 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 35

Rain, rain, go-away. . .

Tim Young: This is supposed to be a blog about our allotment, but at the moment the only thing the two things seem to have in common is that I’ve been ignoring both for a while. And given the constraints on my free-time of wage slavery, I thought at least I could give this virtual plot some TLC. The earth of the real plot, I’m afraid, remains neglected.

03 March 2011 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 1

Why am I doing this?

Ben Raskin: I have been a vegetable grower for 16 years in various parts of the country but have always worked for other people. Hotels, charities, colleges and wealthy landowners all bring both joys and challenges. However as soon as I had a basic grasp of growing and business something constantly nagged away at the back of my head that I wanted to be doing this for myself.

01 December 2010 | 2 Comments | Recommended by 3

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