Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Going Organic

Yesterday, we finally visited Ryton Organic Gardens. I’ve been a member of HDRA for many years, so one of the things I’ve been looking forward to about coming here is to be able to visit their flagship gardens. I wasn’t disappointed.

The gardens are laid out in lots of small gated garden-size plots, where they’ve shown what can be achieved with a small space. They have gardens that demonstrate different styles of organic gardening, from wildlife gardens to a town garden. They also show what can be achieved with a very small space, using containers.

We stopped for lunch at their restaurant, which uses ingredients from the gardens and has a beautiful view of a large flower garden, with tables outside. There is also a café, with drinks and awfully tempting-looking cakes.

Butterflies and bees just love the place – I’ve never seen so many.

And to top it all, there is a huge shop with organic food, household goods, gardening stuff and gifts. Overall, a thoroughly good day out. We could easily have spent longer there. I now want to grow carrots and herbs and lettuce and rocket (and the rest) in containers on our patio. I’m looking out for things to use as containers that otherwise would be ‘rubbish’. Any ideas?


Blogger Sue said...

Carole that was a lovely description, I feel I have visited it!
I use old chimney pots to grow things, and old watering cans (metal or painted), and half barrels - anything I can put earth in really. I used the chimney pots for sweet peas this year, with netting up a wall behind them - long tall thin pots, quite picturesque. I have also got the base of an old cart, with huge wheels, with a box to take earth built on top, and I fill that to overflowing with things like busy lizzies or fuschias.

12:16 pm  
Blogger Carole said...

Your garden must be beautiful! It sounds really cottage-y. Lovely.

9:11 am  
Blogger Sue said...

It is too big for us really Carole, neither of us are really "gardeners", but I do love doing the pots, hanging baskets and things, the pretty bits I suppose.
We have a guy who occasionally does a couple of hours on a Friday, but that`s it, and quite apart from the paddocks for the alpacas, geese, etc, the garden is very big and should really have someone lavish more love on it than we are able to do.
There are times when I think it looks really beautiful but other times when I just wish I had more time to spend on it, because it needs so much doing.
Ah well, that`s life :>}

10:58 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear carole,
Your pics are gorgeous! Thank you for the post. I am glad you are enjoying your new digs and the walking does sound wonderful, too.
We walk by the river near here and it so peaceful, it is hard to believe the world is in such a mess.
We are going to Rome next Monday and we have been told it is nice this time of year so we are looking forward to a nice time there.
Gawd, girl your blog is terrific. *jealous* ha ha

2:19 pm  
Blogger Carole said...

There is *always* more that you can do in a garden! I'm sure it's lovely.

Thank you for your lovely comments. It is good to be able to enjoy peaceful walks and I do really believe that if we can find peace in the world, we are better able to share it, too - where we can. I hope you enjoy Rome - tell us all about it when you return!


6:07 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, Carole, have you heard this one about gardens? I bet you have.
"The kiss of the sun for pardon,
the sound of the birds for mirth,
You're closer to God in a garden,
than any place else on earth." Most of the time it can be found on sun dials etc.
This is my last post until I return from italy.
Stay sweet,

5:21 pm  
Blogger Carole said...

That's lovely!
Enjoy Italy.

6:16 pm  
Anonymous Beth said...

Old tyres make useful planters, Carole. Slit them around the midriff, and tirn them inside out - you end up with a pedestal "urn, which may be painted to suit your colour scheme. Often old tyres are found in country lanes, where fly-tippers have been at work. You get the reward of cleaning up the environmnent, as well as the free planters.

Local farmers/garages may have old oil drums available for recycling - and again. these are often fly-tipped.

Don't forget that you can recycle compost bags etc as planters - particularly good for growing potatoes. Roll the3 bag down, add some growing material, and your seed potatoes. As the spuds grow, unroll the bag a bit and add a bit more growing medium. Keep on going until full. Harvest by slitting the bag from the bottom and reaping your tasty new potatoes.

8:38 pm  

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