Category Archives: Organic Techniques

Of Bamboo Shoots and Chinese Cabbage

Long time WOWga member, Martin Kunz, travels extensively as part of his work; last Spring he visited China and took the opportunity to look at some Organic farming there… Of Bamboo Shoots and Chinese Cabbage: A Glimpse at organic vegetable … Continue reading

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Open Garden Squares: Wenlock Herb Garden

I must admit, that on first sight, this small plot, surrounded by high-rise blocks and bordered by a basket-ball court, looked like it might be disappointing: but how wrong I was! Michael Turrisi has created a community garden with a difference: … Continue reading

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Open Garden Squares: Alara Permaculture Forest Garden

Alara (yes them of the scrumptious organic breakfast cereals!) have transformed one of the more unlikely spaces around Kings Cross into a Forest Garden, growing surely some of the most exotic food in London. On an otherwise grim industrial park, … Continue reading

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Open Garden Squares: Skip Garden

The Skip Garden at Kings Cross is quite remarkable. Paul Richens has created ‘portable permaculture’ in six skips on a small scrap of land on the edge of the King’s Cross redevelopment. In a few months, the plot will become … Continue reading

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Successful Seed Saving

Robert Alcock, who works at Kew gave us some useful tips on seeds at the Ealing Allotments Partnership AGM on 16 March. Why bother saving seeds? Saves you money. You can easily spend up to £50 on seeds over the … Continue reading

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Reducing water use and effort spent watering

It’s a while yet, but soon you’ll have a bunch of thirsty vegetable plants on the plot, requiring your attention and just the right amount of water! Actually, if you remember, last spring was exceptionally dry: it was the driest … Continue reading

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Agroecology: UN Report promotes sustainable, organic farming

A new report commissioned by the UN’s Human Rights Commission, supports the use of organic techniques for food growing in the poorest countries of the world, and expects to double food output as a result. The term they use is … Continue reading

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