Fletching Glasshouses

One of the delights of social media is that it’s quite easy to incorporate information from one place into another. Our vegetable production arm has its own web site which is all about Organic Vegetables in East Sussex. It has its own blog that updates the details of what’s available when with information about what else is going on at the nursery. So thanks to the wonders of the internet you don’t have to go looking for it – you can find it here.

Why we started the Intelligent Garden

I first started gardening as a research student working on how plants grow. Then we bought a small holding in Shropshire for a while before we discovered computers and marketing. 20 years later we started selling plants on-line.

Expansion meant we needed premises - so we acquired a nursery with 2 acres of glasshouse and started growing organic vegetables again. By September 2008 we had our soil association certification and had started selling biological controls online.

Talking to people on farmer's markets I sense a real hunger for people to garden and produce their own food. And a real interest in local and pesticide free produce.

So we created the Intelligent Garden ito help you get the most from your garden by offering the knowledge, products and advice you need to work effectively with nature to release the intelligence in your garden.

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Reg Office The Glasshouses, Fletching Common, BN84JJ

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Welcome to the Intelligent Garden

Fletching Glasshouses

Fletching Glasshouses

The Intelligent Garden developed from our Organic Nursery at Fletching Glasshouses where we grow organic vegetables, sell plants as gifts on line and supply serious gardeners with organic pest controls and a few other items that we’ve found useful as growers and which will be useful for serious gardeners like yourelf.

If you want better vegetables,  a natural environment or to learn to work with nature in a practical way –  you’ve come home to the right place. You’ll discover how plants grow, what they need and how to make your garden into that vibrant outdoor space you want.

In The Intelligent Garden, Science works with Nature to create a space that gladdens the heart and lifts the soul.

You can enjoy some of our favourite gardens via pictures and videos with the odd recipe to delight the inner man. So join us on this exciting adventure. You can contact us on 0845 094 0407 or 01825 724282 –  Dr Alan Rae – Fletching Glasshouses – 2014

Fletching Glasshouses updates

One of the delights of social media is that it’s quite easy to incorporate information from one place into another.  Our vegetable production arm has its own web site which is all about Organic Vegetables in East Sussex. 

It has its own blog that updates the details of what’s available when with information about what else is going on at the nursery.  So thanks to the wonders of the internet you don’t have to go looking for it – you can find it here.

Cosmic Beetroot - a great recipe

Cosmic Beetroot

This is a great recipe for beetroot. It goes really well with Curries – we used to used to serve it with Keema Korma.
Simply boil the beetroot in the usual way then let it cool. It’s probably best to use about 500g of medium sized beets.
Instead of just putting vinegar on it in the usual way you serve it with an oil and vinegar dressing – which contains the secret ingredient – cardamom. I generally take 2 or 3 pods and crush them in a pestle and mortar. Pick out the husks and add to the vinaigrette ( 1 part good vinegar and 3 parts olive oil)
Pour over the beetroot and serve.

Beetroot in Cardamom

Cosmic Beetroot – with Cardamom

The cardamom makes it taste wonderful.

Visit to TableHurst farm

Yesterday I visited Tablehurst farm near here as part of a group organised by the Food academics group at the local universities. This is a community supported agriculture scheme run by a co-op of around 600 local people.

The organiser is active on the management team but in his day job is prof of land economy at the University of Brighton.

The relevance to this thread is that they got some money to do a research project into the motivation Ot the group. They chose to do this by involving one of the activists in creating an oral history.

Certain key themes emerged such as the community as therapy and the primacy of community.

However it was clear that the key underpinning thought was to secure and maintain a source of safe uncontaminated food.

I thoght that was very interesting in light of the findings we discussed earlier in the light of the baby food.

Maybe that’s what’s largely going on and why local/unsprayed is perceived as more important than organic. While we all know that industrially produced meat could theoretically be called local, it is unlikely at least in the UK, to be offered to the consumer as such as it will in practice enter the official supply chain

So when the consumer says that local is more important it’s because they will know who produced it and what there position to chemicals is.

Wanted! Research into slugs, thistles, TB and much more | OGA – Organic Growers Alliance

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AlanRae‘s insight:

Interesting set of research projects in UK via Soil Association


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The garden at miromesnil

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