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Potato Day a roaring success

Potato Day 2018 was a roaring success, with crowds once again queuing patiently well before the doors opening, and the first variety to sell out going in just 11 minutes.

Talks from Riverford Organics and Plate2Plate compost kept people entertained, the Wholegrain Café kept people topped up with food and drink, and Veg on the Edge swapped seeds all day long. Stalls from West Riding Organics, Palestinian Solidarity Oil and the Vegan Society provided plenty of things to look at and buy. Once again, there were a range of fruit trees and bushes for sale.

There was a good deal of interest from local media, with radio spots on BBC Radio Leeds and BCB community radio, together with a great article in the T&A.

Thanks to all the volunteers who either helped in the kitchen or sold spuds, by the end of the day we were nearly sold out. There are a few varieties left and if you’re still after some you can get hold of them on the 24th of February, 1-3pm at the club house on Northcliffe allotments. To get to the club house park at the Cliffe Gardens entrance to Northcliffe Woods (off Bradford Road), walk up the steep tarmac road and onto the muddy track, keep going for a couple of hundred yards and the club house is on the right, at the top of the bottom set of allotments, it has a ramp and lots of pots etc outside. If you get to a car park and NEET then you have gone too far so come back down the track.

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.

Biodynamics, Revitalizing our Earth, one Garden at a time Conference 2016 at Garden Organic!

Gardeners  are the natural stewards and protectors of our Earth, and how we garden has never been so important.
Biodynamic gardening methods provides a much needed catalyst for regeneration, which revitalizes soils, nurtures bees, provide safe havens for wildlife,  and keep our precious bio-diversity alive.

The aim of biodynamics is to maximize the inherent vitality of our soils and gardens through its use of herbal compost and spray preparations, by harnessing the subtle cosmic forces of nature, building natural resilience with open pollinated seed, and by creating a garden full of harmonious life, which becomes self-sustaining .

Want to discover more?
Packed with hands on practical advice,  workshops and captivating lectures, our conference  devotes itself to biodynamic approach to gardening, and how to take your organic gardening to a new level of holistic health.

Book your ticket here.
Look forward to seeing you in Sept!  – Warm wishes – Jessica Standing (BDA Office UK)


Call for help!

I am doing the Good Food Advice Stall for Bradford Community Environment Project’s Gardening for Health programme (my work) on Thurs 26 March, 11am – 1pm.  The stall is in Oastler Market, Bradford City Centre.  I did have a helper coming who would have been able to sell WYOG left-over seed spuds from Potato Day, but she is no longer available.  Can anyone help out?  It’s not too onerous a task, and is usually quite jolly (I do it once a month – though we don’t usually sell potatoes!).  All you need to do is be there, I will bring the potatoes etc.   If you can help, contact me at my work –, tel 01274 223236.

Jane Robinson

More spuds

We have a few seed potatoes left over and available for sale – Setanta (late main, organic) and Duke of York (1st early, not organic).  Contact Jane on if you want any.  If there are any left by the end of March, she’ll have them with her on the Bradford Community Environment Project session at the Good Food Advice Stall in the entrance to Oastler Market, Bradford on Thursday 26 March from 11am to 1pm.


Please join us for the WYOG AGM, at Caroline Social Club, Saltaire, 12.00 – 3.00, on Saturday 15th of November 2014. This is a great chance to meet up without having a million and one things to do, such as at Potato Day and the Show. Come along and meet other members and find out a bit more about what we do.

The meeting will consist of:

12.15 – 1.30 AGM
1.30 – 2.00 lunch
2.00 to 3.00 Terry’s ten top tips for tasty tomatoes

Tomato expert Terry Marshall will be giving the talk he gave at the Show, so that all the volunteers who missed it get the chance to hear how to grow tasty tomatoes.

You can download an agenda for the meeting.

It would help if you could let us know you are coming.


Hot bed video

Horticulturalist and hot beds expert Jack First will be running courses on creating hot beds again later this year. To promote the courses he has made a short video presentation, giving a brief introduction to hot beds and also some of the amazing results produced from using this wonderful horticultural technique. In the video, which was filmed on 30th May Jack explains what a hot bed is and shows some of the superb organic produce that is harvested at this early time of year.