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Biodynamic gardening
Sun 5-Dec-10
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Hi Fiona and Danny - I have been reading your blog with great pleasure for a while. In the spring you had a few posts about Biodynamic gardening. Now that you have harvested these crops, would you say that it made any difference to yield and taste?

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wave Brigid, welcome to the forum!  I think I recall reading that Fiona and Danny did find that the produce was better, but I hope that they will be able to respond to you in person too.

I'll try that again!

Mon 6-Dec-10
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I did notice at Ryton Gardens that the biodynamic garden was looking the best of all their veg gardens when I was there 10 days ago. The same was true on my last visit about 3 years ago, but it may be that there are more volunteers for that area, I don't know.

Mon 6-Dec-10
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devongarden said:

I did notice at Ryton Gardens that the biodynamic garden was looking the best of all their veg gardens when I was there 10 days ago. The same was true on my last visit about 3 years ago, but it may be that there are more volunteers for that area, I don't know.


I've been to the Ryton organic gardens a few times (they're only a few miles down the road from us) but to be honest I never noticed their biodynamic garden. My main problem with the place is the way they let the veg rot on the plants instead of picking it and selling it to visitors.

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Tue 7-Dec-10
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bobquail said:

I've been to the Ryton organic gardens a few times (they're only a few miles down the road from us) but to be honest I never noticed their biodynamic garden. My main problem with the place is the way they let the veg rot on the plants instead of picking it and selling it to visitors.
 


 

I used to go fairly regularly when I lived in Nottingham, and liked it
then. There was a lot for children to look at and enjoy, too, and places they could run and climb, not just the Vegetable Kingdom. At some point it went downhill, with the gardens looking neglected and uncared for. I think it happened when they got a chief executive rather than a gardener in charge, so they went for "visitor exoerience" and not gardens as their main focus. But the All Muck and Magic garden looked better than I remembered--does anyone else remember that programme?

The biodynamic garden is the horseshoe shaped one with a low red brick wall around it, by the way.

Tue 7-Dec-10
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Isn't that what happened to our hospitals when Matron was replaced by Chief Executives - they went downhill?    (Me, cynical or realistic?)

Apologies for going off-thread!  sorry

So, here's the plan of Ryton Gardens. whistle

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Fri 17-Dec-10
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I've just found out (thanks to the Landshare newsletter) that the Garden Organic at Ryton has reindeer this month! We're probably going there tomorrow to take a look smile

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Fri 17-Dec-10
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Very tasty in a sandwich Mike.  wink

I'll try that again!

Fri 17-Dec-10
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I do like the reindeer salami-style sausage from Ikea... but somehow I don't think the Organic Garden will encourage us to eat their Christmas attractions.

I heard on the local radio that the snow is particularly bad around there so hopefully we'll be able to get there tomorrow. We only live 5 miles away and we've only had a thin covering of snow. 

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Sat 18-Dec-10
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So, did you get there or did the weather defeat you?

I'll try that again!

Sat 18-Dec-10
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We got there, unfortunately the reindeer didn't. They were stuck in a traffic jam on the M5 cry

We met some friends who live down the road, who have a baby. They'd dressed him in a reindeer outfit, ready to meet a real one. It was a bit of a shame really.

The gardens looked ok in the snow though:

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Sun 19-Dec-10
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Shame about the reindeer, that is much less snow than we have.

I'll try that again!

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So far this winter we have been quite lucky with the snow - areas just to the north or south have been much worse. The worst of the weather seems to avoid the city.

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I wish it had avoided me. cry

I'll try that again!

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Wayhay, our snows gone - but not forgotten.  Send the snow tyres back!!!! (Methinks it will be back to, so keep the blighters).

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