New publication from Garden Organic – The Principles of Organic Gardening

What are the fundamental principles behind organic gardening? We know about not using toxic chemicals, but in truth there is more, much more, to creating a resilient and healthy natural growing space.

Garden Organic is pleased to announce the publication of a new booklet which neatly summarises the five organic gardening principles. Feed the soil, encourage wildlife, use resources responsibly, avoid harmful chemicals and keep your growing area healthy. Based on over 60 years of research, the easy to read Principles explains the thinking behind each of the above.

The booklet aims to help you your own growing methods, so that you can progress along the journey towards becoming truly organic. Based on the original Organic Gardening Guidelines, it has helpful Do’s and Don’ts, plus new sections and beautiful illustrations. “This should be a best-seller,” writes one member. “It is packed with important information.”

The Principles of Organic Gardening can be downloaded free of charge from Alternatively, we can send you a copy by post, all we ask is a suggested donation of £2.50 to cover postage and package. You can do this here, selecting ‘Donation for Principles of Organic Gardening’ from the drop down options.

Monday, 5 June 2017

Greenhouse offer

Is anyone interested in having the use of 1 or 2 greenhouses and/or a bed ready prepared for planting which the owner can’t manage by himself and is happy for one or more people to make use of them? There is a tap by the greenhouses and a compost area and access is by a side gate. Also any other part of his large garden that someone might like to take on. He lives off Moorhead Lane (off the Saltaire roundabout).

Contact him at
or 07771 745 801

Your dinner is probably contaminated.




Is organic food better for you?

A question which has intrigued those on both sides of the organic fence. Instinctively, organic growers feel that their produce – grown without chemicals and using natural fertilisers – must be safer and more nutritious. We look at research which has been published in the past year, which reveals the difference between organic and conventional produce.

Potato Day

Potato Day poster 2017(lo res)Potato Day 2017
Saturday 11th Feb
Exhibition Hall, Exhibition Road,
Saltaire, BD18 3JW

As well as the usual range of organic and non-organic seed potatoes, there will be a range of stalls including Forest of Bradford, Leeds Vegetarian and Vegan Society, Palestinian Solidarity oil, WYOG, West Riding Organics, Plenty, and Those Plant People.

Veg on the Edge will be running a seed swap, there will be free grow bag kits for the first fifteen kids through the door.


There will be the chance to win £100 of Garden Organic vouchers. How? Come along on the day and find out! All we are saying is you’ll need to bring your sense of humour!

You can download a Potato Day Poster by clicking on the image.

Bright future for bees?

a bee on a flowerElectronics weekly has a fascinating article on how shining 670nm red light on bees could ameliorate damage caused by neonicotinoid insecticides, according to University College London and the University City, University of London.

“The researchers found that when shining a specific wavelength of red light (670nm) it significantly reduced bee death rates and improved cell energy levels, mobility and visual function in animals exposed to neonicotinoid pesticides such as Imidacloprid which are widely used in agriculture worldwide,” said the universities.

2016 AGM


Caroline Street Social Club
12- 3pm, Sat 26th November

Please join us for the West Yorkshire Organic Group Annual General Meeting.

As well as all the usual business of the group such as officers reports, elections to posts etc, it’s a great chance to meet up with other members, find out what we’ve been up to for the last year and find out what we’re going to be up to in the coming year, or even suggest something yourself. The bar will be open and there will be a small buffet lunch.

Caroline Social Club
Caroline Street
Shipley BD18 3JZ

2016 Show winners

Congratulations to all winners in all the categories. If you won a prize or were highly commended this year, give yourself a pat on the back as this year’s entries were described by the judges as “of a very high standard.”  Pictured below are the prize winning entries being presented by Martin Bijl and Terry Marshall of WYOG.

Best exhibit in tomatoes – Mike Hurdiss (for beefsteak tomato)
Best exhibit in fruit – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team (for Czar plum)
Best exhibit in Children’s Classes – Ingrow Primary School’s Grow Your Own Group (for eating apple, possibly Discovery)


Best exhibit in Bread – Anne Bell
Best stall – Terry Marshall
Best exhibit in vegetable section – William Holliday (for courgette)
Best exhibit in show – Northcliffe Environmental Enterprises Team