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Growing for Self-Sufficiency Talk Monday 17 January

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Monday 17 January

SEEOG member, Maike Windhorst, on Growing for Self-Sufficiency

  • No need to fly in Spring Onions from Mexico into Southend Airport

  • Tips and tricks to Grow Your Own all the year through

  • Ways to deal with climate challenges in the South East

  • A fresh look at composting


Maike has been an organic gardener all her life and has been carrying on a life-long experiment to gain self-sufficiency. She has had large vegetable plots on all sorts of soils and rainfalls (in temperate Europe). When she came to England (1992), she joined Brentwood Organic Gardeners. Sadly they have packed up since. At the time, she met gardeners who knew Lawrence Hill from the Bocking days.

She has written a brochure (Growing for Self-sufficiency in a Changing Climate). This covers what leading authorities have written on Grow Your Own and how it should be developed further taking into account her own experience. She gave a rudimentary version of this talk at SEEOG some years ago after we invited her to stand in for another speaker.

Maike is now on the RHS speakers’ list and has given this talk to several societies in Essex. She also did a Veggie advice desk in Hyde Hall some time ago.

More info in the South East Essex Organic Gardeners Newsletter

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