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Devil’s Rib or Dragon Tongue Bush?

Ben Raskin: How do you decide what to grow? Which varieties will do well and which will be a waste of space. The alluring descriptions that fill the pages of most seed catalogues have been the undoing of many a grower. I always get carried away and buy more than I need. My seed container currently has a range that rivals Imelda Marcos’ famous shoe collection.

08 October 2014 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 2

Using a chainsaw to crack a nut

Ben Raskin: It is sometimes said that you get 10 growers together and you will have 10 different opinions, but I recently spent a day with Defra and lots of people from various horticultural walks of life (most of them not organic) and we were almost unanimous in our view of the EU Commission’s latest offering in the form of the Seed Directive. We agreed that a) most of the problems it seemed to be trying to solve were at worst a small problem to a small minority of people and b) this certainly wouldn’t be the best way of solving them.

12 July 2013 | 0 Comments | Recommended by 5

Saving seeds, securing the future

Ben Raskin: Recently the Soil Association has been speaking out over proposed EU laws which, amongst other things, could have meant small growers and people with allotments or gardeners couldn’t swap their home saved seeds. The proposed regulations caused public outcry across Europe but luckily, last minute changes to the directive look like good news for growers and small seed companies.

30 May 2013 | 3 Comments | Recommended by 2

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