Quote of the Month

There can be no other occupation like gardening in which, if you were to creep up behind someone at their work, you would find them smiling.

~Mirabel Osler

Friday, 4 May 2012

Organic Seeds

 According to the Horticultural Trades Association half of garden owners intended to grow food in their gardens last year, 12 per cent of those first timers.

The obvious starting point for most gardeners are seeds, which are both more plentiful and cheaper than investing in seedlings. But, for a truly green garden, you need organic seeds and sourcing them isn’t as easy as you’d think. Many seeds on sale don’t match up to the organic standards on soil quality, while others are contaminated with GM materials.

‘The best seed goes into organic packets as you cannot get away with any defects,’ says the Soil Association's Ben Ruskin. ‘The slightly second rate seeds can be treated and then sold as non-organic, although not all seed companies do this. Seeds that have been produced in organic systems, should be more suited to organic production.’

So if you’re planning a patriotic flowerbed to mark the Jubilee or Olympics, or digging your way towards the good life, you need a seed supplier you can trust.

The Ecologist Magazine has done the hard work for you and rounded up the eco-friendly companies that offer seeds that result in truly green fresh produce.
Real Seeds

With a great selection of vegetable seeds on offer, a blog and handy hints for beginners, Real Seeds is a one-stop-shop for allotment owners. All seeds are chosen based on what tastes good so don’t expect to find flavourless hybrids.  The company also won the ‘Best Seed Company’ gong in the 2011 Horticulture Channel Awards, and were rated an ‘Ethical Best Buy’ by Ethical Consumer Magazine.

Find out more: www.realseeds.co.uk

The Organic Gardening Catalogue

Supplying a range of seeds and produce including vegetables, herbs and flowers The Organic Gardening Catalogue is a joint venture between Garden Organic (HDRA) ‘Europe’s leading organic gardening organisation’ and Chase Organics based in Horsham, Surrey. With over 50 years of experience, Chase produce all their seed organically with no chemicals used before or after harvest. They were voted ‘Best Mail Order Gardening Company’ by readers of Grow Your Own magazine last year.

Find out more: www.organiccatalog.com

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