Organic gardening for all from Eyam Green Group

Organic gardening

A simple definition of being ‘organic’ is gardening with nature. The overall approach Is sustainable and supports biodiversity. Most importantly it’s growing without the use of artificial pesticides and fertilisers.

A crucial element in organic gardening is building a vibrant and nutritious soil that produces strong, healthy plants able to withstand pests and diseases without the use of chemical inputs.

This workshop will outline the best way to grow crops with no artificial inputs. You’ll learn how to prepare your soil for the new season and see some of the work we’ve done over the years to produce huge crops from small beds. Most of all we hope you will see that being an organic grower is not difficult and that it makes complete sense in terms of sustainability and resilience in the challenging times we face.

Thursday 19 November 2020 at 7 .30pm Please email us to register your Interest.

The current pandemic has prevented on site meetings, but we have launched a series of three interlinked online workshops using the title “Organic gardening for all”. 
The workshops include composting, organic gardening and microbed gardening. Part of the organic gardening workshop includes biodiversity under the umbrella of eliminating garden pesticides and showing other methods to produce strong healthy crops. I have a lot of documented evidence from the last 30 years to prove this.

The programme will be repeated from February 2021 to provide training and inspiration for the new gardening year.

Composting – a joint project with Eyam Church to compost their waste including food scraps using a HotBin composter plus grass clippings and general garden waste. An essential part of the project is to demonstrate and encourage home composting though outreach events. 

Another part of the composting project was the installation of a leaf mould composter in 2019.  One year on the leaves are composted and can be used as an ingredient in a homemade potting compost mix. This will show that there is an alternative to commercial peat composts which are responsible for a huge amount of habitat destruction through peat mining. 

We have been campaigning and lobbying to stop the regular kerb side spraying of glyphosate weed killers in Eyam for a couple of years. We were delighted when Derbyshire Dales District Council passed a motion to stop the use of glyphosate by 2023. Eyam will be used an area to trial alternatives in 2021. If there is one single action that increases biodiversity not using weed killers has be top of the list.

Details of our workshops can be found at http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk/online-workshops/

News about the composting project is at http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk/first-compost-bin-filled/

News from DDDC at http://www.eyamgreengroup.org.uk/more-good-news/

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