BHOGG

Brighton and Hove Organic Gardening Group is a membership group promoting organic gardening.  We send regular news updates by email, organise events and provide educational resources via our website.  You can also find out more about us via our social media platforms.

To demonstrate organic gardening in practice, have two locations where we run projects that aim to demonstrate organic food growing methods, following guidelines described by Garden Organic and the Soil Association.

On the Weald allotment site in Hove we have 2 established plots where volunteers are invited to join the group and work on site on our scheduled workdays, usually Sunday afternoons. We welcome gardeners with or without experience to join in the general weeding, sowing, planting and harvesting work and everybody takes home a share of seasonal produce for their efforts.  Part of this project is the starter bed scheme whereby people new to gardening and on the allotment waiting list can have a bed of their own in exchange for joining BHOGG and volunteering on the main BHOGG plots.

Our second project is in the urban setting of Phoenix Community Centre garden and is the location for our monthly Urban Gardening Courses run by RHS trained teacher, Ruth.  Here you can learn about the principals of organic gardening before putting them into action with practical sessions.  Produce grown is shared amongst volunteers or donated to the Phoenix community fridge.

At the heart of what we do is maintaining healthy soil as this helps to grow healthy plants and healthy people. To this end we compost our own green waste, grow green manures, crop rotate and only use natural fertilisers. We never use chemical fertilisers or weed control products such as Round-Up, but use other methods to address pest and disease problems – often using preventative measures.

If you are interested in joining BHOGG or in volunteering for either project, please contact us through our website for more information and details of how to find us.

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  • Hi, we got a load of contaminated manure earlier this year (2009) for our plot on the Weald. After much research and many letters and a few phonecalls, it seems MPs have asked DOW to ‘do something’, and they have decided to offer a scheme whereby they will come and collect contaminated manure from gardens/allotments etc.

    They ask that you carry out a BIO-ASSAY test where you grow susceptible plants, ie beans, potatoes etc. in various mediums.
    For instance,
    1-grow 3 lots from seeds in topsoil that couldn’t be contaminated.
    2-grow 3 lots from seeds in topsoil and suspect manure.
    3-grow 3 lots from seeds in topsoil and compost that couldn’t be contaminated.

    If only the 3 seeds from the group 2 don’t grow, then that is your bio-assay test giving you a positive result.

    The only way to contact DOW for this service is to email them through their website: http://www.manurematters.co.uk
    The email address is: manurematters@stewardship-ltd.co.uk

    Good luck and please tell anyone who thinks they have been contaminated with this awful stuff.

    By Jon (18/08/2009)

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