Roehampton Garden Society

Organic Gardening

The basic philosophy of organic gardening is ‘feed the soil, not the plant’….Joy Larkom

It is preferable to garden organically – it’s better for you and for the environment. In particular, the wildlife on whom we depend for so many aspects of successful gardening, will benefit if we limit or eliminate our use of chemicals. Enriching the soil gives long term benefits that using chemcal fertilisers cannot. Encouraging beneficial insects means less need for chemical pest control.

Organic gardeners aim to work in harmony with natural systems including the soil, water supply and insects with an ultimate aim of minimising destruction in the natural environment, whilst constantly replenishing any resources utilized during gardening.

Encouraging beneficial insects to manage pests

Companion planting to attract pollinators

Conserving water by collecting from a shed roof

Composting to add beneficial organic matter to the soil






There are three main areas to focus on.

  • Soil management: dealt with by using organic fertilizers and composts.
  • Weed management:  managed by manual labour and use of ground coverings.
  • Pest control:  dealt with by promoting beneficial insects and companion planting as well as manual removal of some pests.

Slug and mouse deterrents before pea germination

At the RGS Store, you will find many Organic alternatives to traditional chemical fertilisers and weed killers, as well as plenty of advice. Find Country Natural Composted Manure, New Horizon Multi-purpose Peat-free Compost, Wool Seed Compost together with many organic feeds and fertilisers. For Pest Control try Grazers Slug and Snail Spray and Wool Pellet slug deterrent.

For further information and advice about growing things organically visit the  Garden Organic website.