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

Plant and Compost Sales

This year we’ve combined Plant Boxes with our traditional in person plant sales, to continue to support our communities to access and grow organic food as much as possible. Our Plant Box scheme offers local residents a tailored mix of food plants with organic, veganic compost delivered direct to your door. Spring/summer orders are now closed, but we’ll be back later in summer with our winter plantboxes. You can buy plants at one of our weekly fruit & veg stalls throughout May, or come to our Plant Sale at Hawkwood Nursery on Sunday 23 May.

 

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 2021 we will have a selection of plants on our weekly market stalls, with the rest sold by pre-order for home delivery or collection 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. Subject to Covid restrictions being lifted as planned, we will hold an in-person plant sale in May.

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.