Horticulture

Organic horticulture aims to produce healthy, good quality food in an ecologically responsible way, for which the grower gets a fair return. The system is designed to avoid the need for agrochemicals and to minimise damage to the environment and wildlife.

Growers apply sustainable management practices to maintain optimum fertility and biological activity in the soil, and to enhance the farm environment by encouraging farm wildlife. This helps to support plenty of natural predators, preventing pests and diseases from reaching damaging levels. A healthy soil helps to produce crops that are more resistant to pests and diseases. Healthy crops ultimately mean healthy food.

The technical competence of UK organic growers continues to improve, with reports of better quality fruit, vegetables and salad crops. To find out more about organic horticultural production download our free comprehensive introductory guide:

Technical information (members only)

We also produce a wide range of technical information - including guides, factsheet and supplier details for our members to benefit from. If you are not currently a member but interested in joining, find out more about our membership from £75+VAT a year. Guides currently available exclusively to our producer members include:

  • Q&A - Organic Horticulture Production
  • List - Compost, Plant Raising Media and Mulches
  • List - Fertilisers for use in Organic Production
  • List - Pest and Disease Control
  • List - Transplant Herbs & Root Stocks Suppliers
  • List - Mobile Seed Cleaners
  • List - Horticultural Market Prices
  • Factsheet - Slug Control
  • Factsheet - Flea Beetle Control in Organic Systems
  • Factsheet - Growing Organic Herbs
  • Guide - Soil Testing Services
  • Guide - Bio Diversity
  • Guide - Soil Management
  • Guide - Woodland Management
  • Guide - Setting up an Organic Box Scheme 

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