A workers' cooperative growing food on London's edge in the Lea Valley

Plant and Compost Sales

When the going gets tough, the tough get growing! In these times we are more committed than ever to supporting our communities to access and grow organic food.

We’ve been excited to see the huge interest in organic, community grown fruit, vegetable, herb and flower plants, which we’re delivering locally through our “Plant Box” scheme. We’re sorry that we’re now closed for new orders as we’ve allocated all the boxes already, however we will be back with a range of winter greens and salad leaves for sale in July, August, September, with compost too.

For the last weekend of May we will have a selection of plants for sale at our weekly fruit & veg stalls in Walthamstow and Leytonstone, and until mid June a selection also available alongside produce on our Farm Gate stall at Hawkwood (Thursdays 2-4pm).

Please note we are not taking “a la carte” orders for plants from our plant list, and our Open Days are suspended.

 

Get a helping hand with your own growing, with our locally grown food plants.

Our plants:

We grow all the plants ourselves in our glasshouse that we rent from the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Work is carried out by a team of growers including members of our workers’ cooperative and lots of local volunteers who support the project’s aim to see more food growing in London. Plants are taken from the glasshouses and acclimatised to the outdoors before being dispatched. The plants are strong and healthy, ready to compete with weed seedlings and garden pests!

What’s available:

Our main plant season is from April to June, and then for winter plants it’s August and September. We have popular favourites such as tomatoes, squash, courgettes and more on sale – plants that are hard to get started without a greenhouse, and we offer aftercare advice. We also sell a range of hand-made composts; seed compost, potting-on compost and organic garden compost.

In 2020 due to distancing requirements we will have a selection of plants on our weekly market stalls, with the rest sold by home delivery in the form of Plant Boxes – a range of different selections will be available but unfortunately we can’t take specific variety requests. We are sorry that we cannot take any bespoke orders now – the Plant Boxes offer the best way for us to get as many plants to as many people as possible.

You can still download the original 2020 Plant List to get an idea of the plants we grow and what will be available. However please understand that we cannot accept any more orders from this list.

email: plants@organiclea.org.uk
phone: 020 8524 4994

 

 

 

Flower power

From June to October we sell cut flowers – fresh, organic, seasonal, local flowers that are beautiful and also in many cases edible! Details of what you can order and how will be posted here shortly.

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Theo and Nina with this moment’s flowers. Photo: Martin Slavin

 

On getting seedlings through Organiclea’s pre-order plants scheme:
“We’ve loved getting our seedlings and plants from Organiclea – from the friendly and convenient delivery to the variety and vigour of the plants, the service and the product have been excellent and I have recommended them to all the growers I know. This has saved us a lot of time and space which has been put to use on the people involved and the plants we already have. On top of that, it’s exciting to await their arrival, plus, if you are really keen you can even go and visit them growing up at Hawkwood. Importantly, we like to know that we are supporting a local cooperatively managed organisation.”
Alex Collings – gardening at Somerford and Shacklewell Estate, Hackney.
Along with many other accolades, this site was the winner of Capital Growth’s Edible Estate competition in 2010.

Return your pots

Organiclea reuses plant pots. They can be returned to the Hawkwood Plant Nursery in Chingford, or the Hornbeam Centre in Walthamstow.

Adopt a fruit tree
Join Organiclea’s Orchard Project and help us care for over 200 fruit trees in the London Borough of Waltham Forest. Click on the image for more information.