Grow your own Seminar: Mon 16 April or Sat 21 April 9:30-3:00

A seminar from local organic grower Robert Wiseman to encourage, help and support you to grow fresh fruit and vegetables in your own space whether it’s a balcony, window box, patio  or allotment. This 1-day seminar is designed for novices, amateurs and the more experienced to gain information on easy-to-grow vegetables and salads in both containers and in the garden.   Areas covered include: Cultivation                               Pest control Composting                             Fertilisers and feeds Container types                      Raised beds, no dig concepts   The Dragon Enterprise Centre, 28 Stevenson Road (off Progress Road), Leigh-on-Sea SS9 5LY Cost is £15.00 per delegate (numbers strictly limited). Price includes free CD, seeds and a sandwich lunch. Please book your place in advance by email to or phone Robert on 07941078135.

A Pocket Guide to Plants & Gardening‏

Hello there, I am writing to tell you about Black Dog’s exciting Spring Offer on our latest gardening book: A Pocket Guide to Plants & Gardening. To celebrate the book’s release, we would be delighted to offer you and your members a 40% discount on all orders for this book and our entire gardening book range. From the author of the best-selling Kids in the Wild Garden and Kids in the Garden (already on SEEOG’s Sales Table), A Pocket Guide to Plants & Gardening is a beautifully illustrated, informative reference book, designed to provide ready, simple answers to all the basic questions about plants. This mini encyclopaedia is a treat for anyone interested in plants and gardening and explains in a simple way some of the puzzles of the plant world. The book also introduces readers to the great names in plant discovery and science, reveals he life-changing inventions in plant science and cultivation, as well as detailing all the latest trends and fancies in gardening today. With clear, comprehensive illustrations, simple instructions and tool diagrams; as well as maps, timelines, portraits, keys and much, much more, this is the perfect guide to plants for gardeners of all ages and experience! To order at the discounted price, simply email me at with your delivery address and the book will be despatched with an invoice.    … [Read more…]

Reduced price compost bins available!

Essex County Council are encouraging residents to consider buying a compost bin to get started with home composting and before prices go up in April. The link to the compost bin site is Lisa Cross Waste Prevention and Recycling Officer Essex County Council / telephone 01245 437793 (extension 51793) / email:   … [Read more…]

Permaculture in Practice

Louise Cartwright, Network Co-ordinator for the LAND Project from the Permaculture Association, will be facilitating a fascinating discussion on the implementation of Permaculture Projects around the UK. Permaculture is “creating sustainable human habitats by following nature’s patterns… Revolution disguised as organic gardening.” (Graham Burnett)   You will also have a chance to preview our brand new TWIG (The only Way Is Green) shop and have free refreshments.   Date:          Monday 5th March 2012 Time:           7.00 pm – 8:00 pm Venue:       TWIG Shop, 49-51 Hamlet Court Road (bottom of the road, next to NatWest Bank), Westcliff-on-Sea Cost:          By donation RSVP to: or show up on the day   … [Read more…]