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The standards for certifying commercial organic farming and produce are set by the Soil Association,

  • Charles Dowding -the leading exponent and auther of 'no-dig' gardening, Charles runs courses from his farm in Shepton Montague in Somerset. The site contains a wealth of useful information on vegetable growing.
  • Grow Organic -Independent blog with news, interviews, help and loads of useful help for anybody growing organic food, including how to do your own 'square foot' garden.
  • Rooster Organic Fertilisers -Soil-Association approved fertiliser from poultry farms, which follow the highest standards of humane animal husbandry -use for multi-purpose feed and soil conditioner. Rooster also produce organic lawn feeds.
  • Shared Garden - community garden project in Nottingham with an interest in organic, bio-dynamic, healthy living.
  • Tamar Organics -an extensive supply of organic seeds and other organic gardening supplies from Launceston in Cornwall.
  • The Organic Gardening Catalogue -online suppliers of organic plants seeds and bulds from Hersham in Surrey.
Rolawn Peat Free Organic Multi-Purpose Compost
Organic gardening groups
  • Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group -a not-for-profit community organisation founded in 2001 to support organic gardeners in Brighton and Hove. They organise a variety of events throughout the year including garden visits, workshops, plant swaps and seasonal celebrations.The group is funded by membership fees and a small grant from the City Council.
  • Gloucestershire Organic Living Group -founded in 1994, the group now meets monthly at Whiteway, between Stroud and Birdlip. for the exchange of ideas and techniques on organic gardening.
  • Hampshire Organic Gardening Group -a gardening club which promotes organic living and growing. activities include members exchange of ideas and experience, a monthly programme of talks and entertainment, seed and plant swap and gardening workshops.
  • Heart of England Organic Group -a local group for people interested organic growing and food in Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and the surrounding areas. They organise a wide-ranging and interesting programme of talks and visits on subjects connected with food, health, environment and organic lifestyle.The Group is affiliated to the Soil Association and Garden Organic at Ryton Gardens.
  • Mid Somerset Organic Gardeners -otherwise known as 'Green Gardeners' -organise a variety of events in Somerton.
  • Shropshire Organic Gardeners -a group of enthusiastic organic gardeners and small holders who meet once a month for talks, visits and outings.
  • Surrey Organic Gardening Group -meet in Carshalton for guest speakers on the last Friday of each month; also organise trips, visits, seed swaps etc.
  • West Dorset Organic Gardening Group -for people in West Dorset with a shared interest in Organic Gardening. They run a variety of outings and activities, and are affiliated to Garden Organic (Henry Doubleday Research Association).


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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way
Charles Dowding
Paperback -Sep 2010
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Organic Gardening (Royal Horticultural Society's Encyclopaedia of Practical Gardening)
Pauline M. Pears, Sue Stickland
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