Resources available in the Dyfi Biosphere
You’ll find everything you need for growing food, either at home or on a larger scale.
Reminder: this webite is no longer live, some of the information may not be up to date.
Potting Compost and Gardening Supplies
The hardware store IG Owen in Machynlleth is open as an essential service.
Opening hours are as usual- Mon- Fri- 8am-5pm, Sat- 8.30am- 3.30pm. They have turned their back car park into a garden centre and they have plenty of seed compost, some seedlings for sale as well as seeds.
Phone number- 01654 702317
Camlan garden centre in Dinas Mawddwy is also open and operates a delivery service. They deliver to Machynlleth every Thursday.
Their website is- http://camlan.cymru/news
Phone number- 01650 531 685
For sale locally:
Some seeds are for sale in the hardware store in Machynlleth.
Planna Fwyd! has teamed up with Dyfi Permaculture who are offering and receiving seeds. Email Dyfi Permaculture here.
The majority of the large seed companies seem to have long, indefinite waiting times for their orders.
The company that we recommend right now is ‘Vital seeds’ based in Devon.
They produce high quality, open pollinated, organic seed and they open their shop every day at 9.00 am and then close it when they have enough orders for the day.
If you are early then you should be able to place an order and have it shipped without too much delay.
Other seed companies include:
The Organic Seed Catalogue https://www.organiccatalogue.com/seeds
Tamar Organics- https://tamarorganics.co.uk/
Real Seeds: https://www.realseeds.co.uk/
Dyfi Donkeys have an enormous heap of well rotted manure which is for sale.
They ask that you bring your own bags and tools.
£1 for an animal feed sack sized bag
£15 pounds for a dumpy sack and £45 for a small trailer.
Get in touch with Louise either by text to 07717020344
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Online resources for home growing advice
Automatically generate a crop plan- https://www.gardenfocused.co.uk/calendar-veg-personalised.php
Design your vegetable plot online- https://vegplotter.com/
Charles Dowding’s sowing timeline for what to sow and when- https://charlesdowding.co.uk/sowing-timeline-for-vegetables/
The Facebook group ‘UK Organic Market Gardens’ is very handy for asking advice and hearing other peoples tips. (for commercial growers only) https://www.facebook.com/groups/1214414278648144/?ref=group_header
Huws Nursery on Youtube. Online detailed tutorials in growing vegetables from Huw Richards near Tregaron. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeaKRrrpWiQFJJmiuon2WoQ
In 2009 and 2010, members of the community growing group Dyfi Valley Seed Savers, undertook trials of welsh vegetable varieties, and visited orchards throughout Powys, to assess which varieties are best suited to growing in our beautiful, but somewhat damp land. Please take a look at the results in “Growing Fruit in Powys” and the “Welsh Vegetable Project” report to learn from the experiences of local growers.