It was to encourage the development of organic, healthy, non-toxic, gardening that South East Essex Organic Gardeners (affiliated to Garden Organic – the national charity for organic growing) was formed in 1994 and they are now a thriving group with bi-monthly meetings, a regular newsletter and visits to a wide variety of organic farms and gardens.
If you are already or would like to become an organic gardener, the group is a mine of information and what they don’t know they can find out! You’ll soon find out that life is healthier – for you and the wildlife – without slug pellets and chemical pesticides and fertilisers.
Organic growing involves
- Treating the soil and growing environment as a resource to be husbanded for future generations, rather than misused and neglected for short term gain.
- Providing plants with a balanced food supply by feeding the many soil living creatures that live with composts, manures and other organic materials.
- Choosing renewable resources.
- Reducing pollution of the environment, by recycling garden, household and other wastes, rather than dumping or burning them.
- Combating pests and diseases without using pesticides that may prove harmful to human health and that of domestic and wild animals.
- Encouraging and protecting wildlife, by creating suitable habitats and by minimizing use of harmful pesticides.
- Creating a safe and pleasant environment in which to work and play.
- Moving with the times - taking new scientific discoveries and ideas into account, as well as the best traditional knowledge.
- Using good horticultural practices.
- Recognising the importance of genetic diversity and hence the preservation of threatened plant varieties.
If you’d like to find out more about S E Essex Organic Gardeners, please phone Carole Shorney on 01702 201914, who will give you information about the next meeting, or you can visit http://www.seeog.org.uk
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