Azadas, Mattocks, Long Handled Spades, Long Handled Forks, Cromes, Scythes, Sickles, Slashers


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If you have a related site which you feel would be of interest to our visitors and would like to exchange links or would like to suggest a site for inclusion here, please email me.

 

The two links below have been suggested by the kids at Ecofriendlyworld Learners and Achievers:-  My thanks to them. 

http://www.berries.com/blog/berry-fruit-guide

http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/tracer-bullets/edibleplantstb.html

General Online Allotment/Gardening Sites

Fredshed. A showcase for the latest and most innovative gardening products tried and tested by equipment consultant Fred Walden. Fred has also worked for the NHS helping elderly and disabled gardeners and is the author of 2 books on tools and equipment for easier gardening. There is a section of his site for gardeners who suffer from back pain. Fred is also the designer of Fred's Onion Hoe, marketed by Bulldog but also available on his website.

Smallholders Online. A new resource for everyone interested in sustainable food production and its relationship with the countryside environment. If you enjoy a good laugh, visit their jokes page!

A Country Life. An on-line magazine for smallholders & country lovers. Articles and experiences written by smallholders themselves as well as lots of available information on animal husbandry, growing & self sufficiency. Books & gifts available at the 'on-line farmshop' too!

Selfsufficientish.com A really excellent site packed with interesting information about living in a more self sufficient way. Load of info on growing food. Also campaigns for worthwhile causes to save the planet such as reducing the use of plastic bags, saving energy, reducing waste etc. Information on a huge range of interesting subjects from beer-making, constructing straw houses to vitamins and building solar ovens. A real "must" for a visit.

The Vegetable Patch Your online resource for organic vegetable gardening and growing fruit in your backyard.

Debby's Garden Links. A site packed with interesting and useful links to UK gardening related websites, listings of plants, garden forum and gardening hints and tips.

Over the Garden Gate. An environmentally friendly, interactive UK gardening cyber-community with a border for everyone. Forum and Chat Room, Picture Album (add your own!), Gardening and wildlife information and archives, links and much more.

allotment-garden.org  An interesting site recounting the experiences of someone taking on two allotments. Includes a useful Sowing and Harvest chart

Kitchen Gardens.  Contains some interesting information including a directory of Allotments on the Web which will enable you to access a huge number of allotment websites with, in turn,  all their individual information. Also a History of Allotments and useful info about Green Manures.

Gardeningpatch.com.  provide advice and information on all aspects of gardening be it vegetable gardening, herb gardening, gardening basics.

Paul's Garden World. A gardening based website with loads of information on growing vegetables, fruit and herbs. There is also a weekly tasks diary, a projects section of items to make for the garden and a section for the young gardener.

Wildchicken Ltd. Garden Plant Care Info, planting plans, gardening articles, wildlife gardening and kitchen garden journal, with info on gardening software.

The Garden Marketplace - the garden shopping directory with hundreds of UK plant nurseries and garden suppliers sorted by category.  Everything from petunias to greenhouses!

Organisations/Associations

The Henry Doubleday Research Association. Europe's largest organic membership organisation, dedicated to researching and promoting organic gardening, farming and food. The many benefits of membership include free advice from its specialist consultants and access to its extensive information resources. A full page article on Azadas appeared in HDRA's excellent quarterly magazine "The Organic Way" (issue 161, Autumn 2000) which is free to members.

The Soil Association. Exists "to research, develop and promote sustainable relationships between the soil, plants, animals, people and the biosphere, in order to produce healthy food and other products while promoting and enhancing the environment." Benefits of membership include the first rate magazine "Living Earth".

The National Society of Allotment & Leisure Gardeners. The national allotment holders' organisation representing some 80,000 members. NSALG offers free advice on allotment related matters including legal advice and it also offers a huge range of seeds at heavily discounted prices to members. The Article page on this site appeared in the Association's magazine "Allotment and Leisure Gardener" (issue 3, 1999) which is free to members.

National Vegetable Society The National Vegetable Society NVS is a charity dedicated to advancing the culture, study and improvement of vegetables offering help and advice to novice and expert grower alike.

Thrive. The national horticultural charity that exists to enable disadvantaged, disabled and older people to participate fully in the social and economic life of the community.

Carry on Gardening. The easier gardening website from Thrive (above). The forum and meeting place for people who love gardening and want to carry on enjoying the benefits and rewards.

The One Tree Hill Allotment Society. Probably the first Allotment Society to have a presence on the Internet. OTHAS are very involved with composting and have an interesting selection of links to other sites.

Spahill Allotment Society. Over 300 allotment plots in 22 acres on the sunny South West side of Crystal Palace Hill. A haven of peace and tranquility in the middle of a heavily built up area. Bordered by hedges and mature trees it provides a sanctuary for a wide range of wildlife.

Dry Stone Walling Association The Dry Stone Walling Association is a charitable organisation committed to the preservation of dry stone walls throughout Great Britain and to the training of people in the craft of dry stone walling.

Magazines/Publications

Country Smallholding. Monthly magazine full of interesting articles aimed at the small farmer. They also stock a very large range of books and videos covering subjects as far ranging as cookery, trees and hedges and bee keeping as well as general farming and animal husbandry. Azadas have been featured a couple of times

The Smallholder. Practical monthly guide for the small farmer covering all aspects of crop and animal husbandry. Their bookshop also stocks a wide range of useful titles. Smallholder also ran a series of very successful readers' offers of Azadas.

Kitchen Garden. A really classy monthly magazine packed full of quality articles and information on vegetable and fruit gardening. Colourful and attractive layout and excellent value. Not that easy to find in the shops but well worth the search.

Grow your Own. A magazine full of useful information on growing fresh food from your garden. Packed with tasks, tips and ideas from the best gardening writers in the country.

Broad Leys Publishing - Poultry and Smallholding Books. Specialists in books for smallholders, homesteaders, poultry keepers and organic gardeners.

Organic Gardening - The UK's only all-organic monthly gardening magazine. You want to know what's going on in the world of organics? – you'll find it here, and details of where to go to find out more.

First Pasture Bookstore specialise in smallholder titles including growing your own fruit & vegetables. 

Links sites/Directories

The Garden Marketplace Directory 2007 Looking for something for the garden? Then visit the fully searchable Garden Marketplace Directory 2007 where you will find hundreds of online garden nurseries and specialist stores. Garden plants, supplies, features, tools & equipment, garden leisure, buildings and construction.

Garden Links. Directory for UK gardening and gardens.  Find garden suppliers, advice, plants, seeds, courses, tools, wildlife, gardeners' ads, videos, reference books and much more!

gardeningdata.co.uk UK directory of links for practical gardening advice and articles.

Garden Forum. The business to business website for all who work in the garden industry: garden centres, nurseries, landscapers and all who supply them.

www.gardeningdatabase. co.uk Find links to other gardening sites and more!

Gardening Supplies Guide Tips on finding garden supplies online.

Seeds & Plants

Thompson & Morgan Seed and Plant Catalogues The Thompson & Morgan website provides online access to their complete range of seeds (for world wide delivery) and plants (UK delivery only). The site also includes much essential advice and information for all gardeners.

VidaVerde Seed Collection Ben Gabel and Kate McEvoy are passionate vegetable growers and breeders. Their Real Seed Catalogue offers varieties selected from their seedbank as being really good for home gardeners (rather than mechanised farmers). All are chosen for performance both in the garden and the kitchen, and as all varieties are non-hybrid you can even save your own seed for future years using the instructions supplied.

Van Meuwen Online Garden Plants and Bulbs. U.K. online garden plant and bulb specialist, with wide selection of quality plants, flowers, bulbs, trees and shrubs, plus planting and growing information.

Urban Jungle. An interesting and unusual site specialising in Exotic and Unusual Plants.

JapanGarden.co.uk - Offering only the finest high quality and authentic Japanese garden products available.

Bali-Hai Mail Order Nursery Specialise in Hosta. 300+ varieties, Phormium, Rhodohypoxis and other Perennials by mail-order, shipping worldwide. Situated in the lovely Glens Of Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K.

UK Bamboo Suppliers Limited  Bamboo poles supplier nationwide, huge range of bamboo products now available from stock hot tub spa gazebos and oriental japanese garden structures buy online wholesale enquiries welcome.

E C O L A G E . Purveyors of wonder. Discover an extraordinary selection of unusual plants from around the world and those trees, shrubs and vines that call the Southern United States home.

Equipment/Products

The Scythe Shop. Suppliers of high quality Austrian  Schröckenfux hand-forged scythe blades. They also supply traditional wooden handles (snaths), sharpening stones and peening equipment.

Sitting Spiritually. Maker  of garden swing seats. Martin Young is a maker of unique garden swing seats using natural curves, handmade “green” garden swing benches, using Oak and Western Red Cedar, a real bespoke garden furniture maker.

Harrod Horticultural Fruit Cages, Greenhouse Staging, Hand Made Garden Tools, plus a range of Garden Games and Sports Equipment from a UK Manufacturer with over 50 years expertise.

The Gardeners Shop  sell high quality garden supplies, including large printed hessian sacks, which are environmentally friendly and multi functional. Ideal for using on an allotment.

Implementations  A fascinating website which markets copper tools. Apart from their beauty, copper tools have many advantages: they don't rust,  are said to deter slugs and snails and they produce less friction which means the soil slides off them easier.

Evert-Fresh Green Bags contain non-chemical properties that naturally extend the life in fruit, vegetables and flowers 3 to 10 times longer, preserving the loss of vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants.

The Trug Store specialises in handmade Sussex Trugs by Charlie Groves. Based in Battle, East Sussex, Charlie has been a craftsman of The Sussex Trug for nearly 20 years and he crafts his Sussex Trugs on-site, to order.

The Natural Gardener sustainable gardening using biodegradable products and organic methods - just growing naturally. From growth comes growth, the natural endless cycle. Let's just help the cycle a bit, nature doesn't need chemicals or plastics - just for all of us to put back in just a little more than we take out.

Services

Natural Gardens create gardens with you and your wildlife in mind. They offer various levels of service including garden design, creation, restoration, advice, and maintenance. They also specialise in wildlife ponds and streams, meadows, and other wildlife habitats. The website has excellent advice on wildlife gardening.

Pavingexpert.com The web's leading guide to paving, drainage and hard-landscaping.

Down Garden Services Garden Services for the County Down area of Northern Ireland; landscape design and installation, refurbishment and maintenance. Also lots of gardening information with articles on weeds, grass, garden creatures, etc.

Environmental/NGOs/Campaigning Organisations

Greenpeace. Think of the Earth as a 46 year old. Modern humans have been around for 4 hours. During the last hour we discovered agriculture. The industrial revolution began just a minute ago. During those 60 seconds of biological time, humans have made a rubbish tip of Paradise. Want to do something? Visit this site.

Oxfam International seeks increased worldwide public understanding that economic and social justice are crucial to sustainable development. They strive to be a global campaigning force promoting the awareness and motivation that comes with global citizenship while seeking to shift public opinion in order to make equity the same priority as economic growth.

Juice. Would you like to use electricity that doesn't cost the Earth? Visit this site and see how you can support development of wind power and the production of clean, renewable energy from the North Hoyle Wind Farm in collaboration with Green Peace (above).

farm is a new campaigning voice, fighting for a viable future for independent and family farms. farm is run by working farmers for working farmers, backed by a professional team. Our job is to ensure that farmers’ voices are heard – by the public, politicians, business and the media.

Willing Workers On Organic Farms. WWOOF organisations compile a list of organic farms that from time to time welcome volunteer help. When you join a WWOOF organisation you will be sent a copy of this list. It is then up to you to contact the farms that interest you and make your own arrangements with them. Marvellous opportunities to visit and work in interesting areas of this country and abroad with free board and lodging, to learn about organic farming, the organic ethic and to meet other like-minded people.

EcoTech Centre (Swaffham, Norfolk). Opened in April 1999 gives visitors and entertaining hands-on chance to look at the challenges facing the Earth. The massive Ecotricity Wind Turbine, one of the largest and most powerful wind turbines in the UK is the only one with a viewing platform and to the tip of the upright rotor measures 320 ft. In spite of very considerable opposition from local people to the building of this turbine the vast majority are now very much in favour of it and proud of their local landmark.

Friends of the Earth. A site packed with fascinating (and frightening) news and information about our environment. Participate in worthwhile campaigns and make your voice heard.

The Rainforest Foundation. Another must if you are concerned about the future of our planet, the rainforests and the people who live in them. It's so easy to support their campaigns and you could make a difference. Remember the saying "Silence gives consent"

CAT. Concerned with the search for globally sustainable, whole and ecologically sound technologies and ways of life.

Stop Climate Chaos. Organisation whose aim is to build a massive coalition that will create an irresistible public mandate for political action to stop human-induced climate change.

The Woodland Trust is the UK’s leading woodland conservation charity. By acquiring sites and campaigning for woodland, they aim to conserve, restore and re-establish native woodland to its former glory. Currently they own and care for over 1,000 woods, covering over 50,000 acres.

Ban the Bag In a thousand years or so, when the archaeologists of the future are rooting around in the middens of the twenty-first century, it won’t be skulls and jaw bones that they’re finding. What will it be instead? Plastic bags. They're everywhere: stuck up trees, decorating the sides of our roads, piled up under the kitchen sink; blocking drains, trapping birds and killing livestock, whales, turtles and other sea life. If you, like me, are appalled at the mindless way we are degrading our beautiful planet, visit this site and take action!


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