Organic Gardening

Grow your own fruit

Grow your own veg

Grow your own herbs

Grow your own flowers

Shrubs and Trees

Sustainable gardening

Garden for wildlife

Pests and Diseases

Container Gardening

Greenhouses etc.

Garden tips

Home grown


Home grown: the organic way

trugThe Lottery "Awards for All" programme sponsored this "Home Grown" course that the ASK Organic Garden Club ran between May2007 and May 2008 in its demonstration garden.

Do you want to start growing organic fruit and veg?

Are you a beginner and want to learn some new gardening techniques?

Where would you like to grow some food? In raised beds, containers or the open ground?

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What is Organic Gardening?
More and more folk would like to learn to garden organically. They recognise how important this approach is for the environment and that it produces safe and tasty food but are afraid their garden will succumb to an onslaught of weeds, pests and diseases. Not so! This leaflet will outline some of the main ideas that underpin organic gardening, including getting soil ready and choosing seed

Getting Started
spade for starting

Spring is the most exciting time of year in the garden: all the plants are rushing to grow and our                                green fingers are itching to get planting. Because the weather can still be unpredictable we have to   curb our enthusiasm a little and carefully plan to ensure a succession of delicious fruit and veg for the coming year.


Pricking Out and Planting On
seedlingsMay is a very busy time in the veg garden as most of what you have already sown needs attention. Seedlings and baby plants will be outgrowing their spaces and the ground will now be warm enough to sow and plant out directly into the ground. 

The Healthy Garden
carrotsHealthy plants produce good crops and are a pleasure to look at but however careful we are pest and disease problems sometimes arise. The most effective way to combat a problem is to be vigilant and look out for early signs, then correctly identify the cause and take steps to remedy it. Know the enemy and apply measures that will disrupt its life cycle!

Be a Control Freak!
peasWe want our gardens to be as productive as possible, while at the same time making sure our chosen plants get all the space and nutrients they need. This means we must control weeds and the size, shape and health of the plants we want.


Tender Veg
tomatoesAs the risk of late frosts recedes, we can now safely plant out our more delicate vegetables. The plants may be ones you have bought or swapped or grown yourself in a greenhouse. All these varieties need to grow fast to produce a crop in our short summer so they should be grown on a good bed of compost or muck.

Growing Well
As the summer develops, it’s increasingly important to maintain good growing conditions. Plants that are growing strongly are much more likely to withstand attack by pests and diseases. This includes keeping them well fed and well watered. If pests do become a problem, biolgical controls are a safe and environmentally sound solution.


Harvesting and Storing

Veg and fruit fresh from the garden is always tastiest but some crops store perfectly well, providing you follow a few simple guidelines. Ways to help you enjoy your garden produce for many months.



Forward Planning
lettuceWe want to continue to enjoy fresh veg from our gardens throughout the Winter and into next Spring and now is the time to get going to achieve it. A range of crops will stand our Borders’ winters and some Enviromesh or a polytunnel or greenhouse will increase your choice. You can plant in ground used for an earlier crop like peas or potatoes.

Autumn Tasks
leeksAs the growing season comes to an end, we start to look forward to next Spring and how we can start preparing the garden for next year. This involves conserving soil nutrients and taking steps to reduce pests.


awards for allThese leaflets were funded by Lottery Awards for All