Naked Gardening

Start Stripping, Immediately

The term ‘naked gardening’ was used by Atlantic Garden’s founder, Guy Grieve, during a meeting with his fellow allotment owners at his plot in Edinburgh. 

“Introducing seaweed to the soil was a big step, but as soon as I presented them all with a ‘naked compost’ – no bag – the naked gardening movement truly took off.

“We want to get the naked gardening movement trending throughout UK gardens. By sharing and innovating the ‘naked’ no-nasties products and solutions, we can help gardeners do their bit and strip the bad stuff out while letting the good stuff grow.”

Guy’s Guide – How to start stripping today

Strip out the nasties while giving your garden all the great things it deserves.


Obvious nasties used in everyday gardening

1. Single-use plastics such as compost bags, grow bags, plant containers and packaging
2. Polystyrene in soil and packaging
3. Fertilisers, pesticides and biocides that contain synthetic chemicals

Sneaky nasties that may catch gardeners unaware

1. All plastics – even durable ones – such as watering cans, water butts and hoses contain chemicals that can or may enter our plants – and if growing food, our bodies, too. These compounds are linked to serious health issues such as endocrine disruption, weight gain, insulin resistance, decreased reproductive health, and cancer.

2. New plants and soil that have been exposed to pesticides and biocides before being introduced to your garden. Search ‘organic garden centres’ – the Royal Horticultural Society has a great list of organic nurseries here.

3. Chemicals that come via seemingly organic matter. A good example is contaminated manure. This can cause damage to vegetable crops in gardens and allotments due to farm stock having ingested weed killers used by farmers on their crops.

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