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Maddocks Farm Organics has closed and we are reopening from late May 2023 as The Edible Flower Garden. Our new incarnation is much smaller and much more focused on teaching and sharing knowledge about organic growing. We will still offer very limited boxes of edible flowers to order in advance for summer. See below for some treats.
Edible flowers for Cocktails – COLLECTION ONLY

Edible flowers for Cocktails – COLLECTION ONLY

Petal Confetti – COLLECTION ONLY

Petal Confetti – COLLECTION ONLY

£15.00
Abutilon Flowers – COLLECTION ONLY

Abutilon Flowers – COLLECTION ONLY

£11.00
Our new home is a less than 1/2 acre garden so we have reluctantly had to give up our commercial organic certification and Maddocks Farm Organics name of 20 years (It is illegal to refer to yourself as organic if you don’t have certification). The Edible Flower Garden as we are now known will continue to follow all the organic principles and regulations for which we have won numerous Awards and will be offering limited naturally grown edible flower packs between the end of May and October 2023. In addition we will be passing on our skills to others to develop wildlife friendly gardens, brimming with edible flowers and sustainable produce.

Keep an eye on the website or sign up to our newsletter for further information.

We live for your salad. It is the highlight of our summer – Kirsty Allsop on Twitter

The edible flowers are almost too beautiful to eat – Anneka Rice on Radio 2

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Thank you @shell_on_earth for the gift of summer in February! Those that know me know I never do paid ads but I will promote products that I genuinely use and @shell_on_earth ‘s crushed whelk shells are a really effective way of keeping fungus gnats off my house plants and slugs at bay in my greenhouse so I do buy a big sack each year. They are also great for improving drainage and look really pretty too! Many thanks indeed Caryl and Jordan!  #gifted X
Did you know there are great alternatives to raking up all your leaves and burning them or putting in your green bin. Leaving them where possible feeds the soil and lawn.  If raking them,  leaving tucked under shrubs, behind sheds, in corners etc provides protection for overwintering insects, amphibians and small mammals!  Also piling up around tender plants with a little  soil to stop them blowing, protect the plants from frost. A nice pile will also make a great hedgehog 🦔 bed and will break down to create perfect leaf mould for next year!!! 
 What do you do with yours? 

#autumnleaves #wildlifeofinstagram  #leafmould #insecthabitat #ecofriendly
Making your garden #wildlifefriendly is not just about sowing bee friendly flowers. It’s also about being consciously untidy and leaving lots of snug nooks and crannies. Here we stacked some turfs leaving gaps and all sorts are settling in for winter! #dontputyourgardentobed #wildlifegarden #beefriendlygarden
Anyone else aware of how many bumble bees, and Queen bumbles in particular,  are still around? Down here in the softy South West there are LOADS! Also honey bees, parasitic wasps, hoverflies- you name it. Global warming and the warmest October on record have a lot to do with it and November is incredibly mild so far too! Not a night below 6 so far. Down here in Devon we are increasingly seeing Queen bumble bees NOT hibernating but instead continuing to forage and feed brood all winter. It’s really helpful therefore to consider putting Winter and early Spring flowering trees, shrubs and bulbs on your Christmas list if you are looking for an additional plants for the garden. On the edible front- mahonia, acacia, dandelions, single camelia, heathers, violets. On the non edible front trees with early catkins, also single daffodils, hebes, vibernum, ivy ( the best!), skimmia, fatsia japonica, crocus are all welcome additions to a wildlife garden.  Also a lovely mix  of primroses/primulas, pansies and violas in winter tubs or hanging baskets are very much loved 🐝 ❤️🐝! Over wintering early flowering veggies such as rocket, Broad beans, and brassicas/mustard flowers are a big hit! 

What winter flowers do your bees love? Let me know and I’ll add to the list!  Here on a hebe (non edible). 

#winterflowers #plantsforpollinators #winterfloweringshrubs #wildlife gardening #winteringfloweringtrees
Just a few remaining of these. Season is coming to a close - today for @pickleshack and @mulberry_catering_co. 🤗🤗

#edibleflowers #seasonalandlocal #theedibleflowergarden
Good old Long Suffering Stu! He made me this cold frame 10/12 years ago! It’s always been black to absorb the sun but now has had a fancy schmancy make over to match the posh greenhouse! Hopefully it will absorb warmth from the bricks too. Lots of edible flower babies 🌱🌸🍀🌻ready to snuggle down for winter. You can save so much money taking cutting and sowing your own. They just need a bit of protection over winter and they will be planted out and romp away in Spring. Lavender cuttings; rosemary cuttings; abutilon; savlia; chives; osteospermum; mints, rose cutting. And yes…. He is kneeling on gravel in shorts. 😩And yes….. He does have a kneeling mat! Tell him off @bighungrypanda! #longsufferingstu #edibleflowers #handyman #muchappreciated❤️ 
#coldframe #growyourown #cuttings #gardeningjobs #readyforwinter #savingmoney #excessiveplantbuyer #propogation #takingcuttings #gardeningonabudget #theedibleflowergarden formerly #maddocksfarmorganics
A bit about Calendulas to save. 
My calendulas have finally succumbed to the damp but everywhere there are seedlings popping through. Described as hardy annuals, bigger plants will survive a frosty night down south but not prolonged cold or snow. On the south coast there were scruffy die hards throwing up the occasional tatty bloom all winter. 

They are easy to grow and will readily seed themselves around in the rest of the U.K. so once you have them they will pop up each year. A sure sign of Spring is them peeping through the soil. Being part of the daisy family they are beloved by pollinating insects so a valuable addition to the garden as well as being great companion plants. 

Hoverflies ( good guys in the garden) love to lay their eggs on them too. 🤗

Lovely fresh, Calendula petals are also a vibrant dried edible garnish. When we started the dried organic edible flower movement at Maddocks Farm Organics we were thought mad and it was such a faff getting them signed off by EH as they were a new edible product for the Food Standards Agency but after pages long HACCPs  and testing they were approved and everyone is growing them for adding colour to winter cakes. Definitely looking forward to getting the new flower room signed off and the petals drying again, even on a much smaller scale. 

As well as being an edible, calendula flowers have been used for years for their medicinal benefits and a salve made from them is brilliant for sunburn or bites. Tanya @lovely.greens produces a really excellent downloadable guide to using calendula with recipes for salves, using in soaps etc. Definitely worth buying and definitely worth growing Calendula next year as a brilliant edible flower that gives on every level. 

The Bad…..They are prone to mildew so keep good space between them to allow free airflow especially if you want to grow them in a greenhouse. They are also chomped on by garden inhabitants such as caterpillars but given the dismal state of our butterfly numbers that’s a bonus. 

Is this useful? Would you like more thumbnail introductions to individual edible flowers? 

#edibleflowers #calendula #growingedibleflowers #companionplant #theedibleflowergarden
Friend or foe?

Well truth be told both! Flower crab spiders form part of the rich ecological tapestry that makes up our gardens and all things balance out. They are abundant across the south of the U.K. in particular. They don’t bite and are tiny. YES their diet comprises in a large part of bumblebees, honeybees and butterflies and they are really impressive in their ability to tackle prey much, much larger than themselves. They don’t create webs but hide in the petals of roses, dahlias and other flowers and leap out and grab visiting flying pollinators with their crab like pincer front legs. They also scuttle sideways like a crab hence the name.  They suck the juicy bits ( sorry if this is too graphic for early in the day!😂) and then drop the dry remains so if you find a little pile of dead bees under a flowering plant then this might well be the perpetrator! On a plus side they also tackle some of what are considered garden pests such as ants, caterpillars, wasps etc (all of which are welcome here all play their part too)! 

Another cool thing about crab spiders is their ability to change colour to match their background if needed although their ‘go to’ is often white. And they have got to be admired for choosing to live their lives on a flower! 

I once had @julietsear to visit the flower farm when she was researching her book and we were both bending over a beautiful rose admiring a bumblebee when a crab spider jumped out and grabbed it! I don’t know who jumped more! 😂 The bee was a gonna, Juliet was shocked, I was mortified at the carnage and the crab spider was happy! 

#knowyourfriendsandfoes #crabspider #flowercrabspider #edibleflowers #gardenallies #wildlifegardening #allpartoflifesrichtapestry #chemicalfree #ecologicalgardening #organicfarmingmethods #maddocksfsrmorganics now #theedibleflowerfarm
Between the showers. For the always fabulous @pickleshack -  just down the road. #stormagnes #autumnpicks #localandseasonal #edibleflowers #seasonalpoduce #maddocksfarmorganics now #theedibleflowergarden
Juvenile smooth newt keeping me company on a blustery afternoon. I’m potting on rosemary and lavender cuttings for a posh path I am planning and it is rolling it’s eyes at me and muttering about delusions of grandeur.🙄 #smoothnewt #stormagnes #pottingbench #wildlifegardening #wildlifeponds #juvenilenewt #dreamteam #newtfriends #naturalpredators #chemicalfreegardening #maddocksfarmorganics now #theedibleflowergarden #neverlistentonewts sadly not #pissedasanewt
Can you see me? 

Beautiful Jersey Tiger Moth navigating the windswept cosmos. We’ve had quite a few of these exotic beauties this year. Love that flash of orange and the exotic tiger stripes. 🤗🤗
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#edibleflowers #cosmossulphureus #jerseytigermoth #plantingforpollinators #wildlifegardening #windswept #savebutterflies #britishbutterflies #gardeninspiration #builditandtheywillcome
Moments of sun between the showers. When I look back to pictures of how dry it was in the heatwave this time last year I’m thankfully for this summer rain. The garden here is completely regenerating. We are on thin alkaline soil - I use the term loosely as there is literally only about 7 cm of Sandy soil before we hit gravel and boulders. Free draining is an understatement! 😂It’s going to take a long time to improve both the structure and fertility. 
#gardenlife #soilhealth #soilregeneration #diggingboulders #gardenersofinstagram