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How organic are you (with regard to vegetables & fruit)

I obey all organic guidelines and never use artificials
I am pretty organic but sometimes use artificial fertilisers
I am pretty organic but often use artificial fertilisers and herbicides
I avoid using herbicides and pesticides unless I have to
I think organics is good in theory but not too practical
I think organics are nonsense and use whatever help I can get

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Faz

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Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #105 on: October 30, 2008, 13:03 »
I think it really helps if you've got loads of other non-crop stuff growing, that's my excuse for not weeding so often anyway!

For example, I had a small outbreak of greenfly in my greenhouse earlier in the year and was considering how to treat them when I saw I had some little white grubs on them which turned out to be hoverfly larvae happily munching the greenfly!

I've also got hedgehogs and loads of frogs helping to keep the slugs in check, which I also try to kill off using beer traps. Oh and I've also got slow worms and even common lizards all doing their bit too!

So pest control hasn't been a major problem this year but I expect it won't always be so easy. next year I'll be planting some marigolds and other flowering plants to encourage more hoverflies and bees though.


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« Reply #106 on: January 15, 2009, 19:05 »
I think most people try to stay organic and just go off track if they need to...

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #107 on: February 08, 2009, 23:27 »
Couldnt get the poll to work but

I am a 1. In fact I am veganic - I dont use animal manures or blood,fish and bone.

Why lug car loads of animal dung to your plot when a crop of green manure will do the samed job just as well or even better.  :D

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #108 on: February 09, 2009, 18:21 »
Couldnt get the poll to work but

 In fact I am veganic -


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More seriously, I think I've fixed the problem with the poll which was a glitch from our change of software recently

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #109 on: February 11, 2009, 10:11 »

I try to be organic but if someone gives me non-organic seeds I'll still use them.

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #110 on: February 18, 2009, 20:52 »
organic does it best test better more healthy

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #111 on: February 25, 2009, 07:05 »
I took over my plot in December 2007 and it took me untill September to dig out all or at least 90% of the couch, mares tail and bind weed. It seemed that I would never finish but I am now very happy with the results. While digging I still managed to plant some crops and managed to get about 250lbs of potatoes and 230lbs of runner beans. This year I will have the time to tend the crops properly and pull the few weeds (no weed killer).
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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #112 on: March 20, 2009, 21:54 »
Near the start of this topic I think I said I would prefer to be organic, but said sometimes its not always possible.

I've recently being on a pesticide spraying course, because I am a part-time gardener and have to do this to use weedkiller etc.

I have to say it actually made me not want to not use them even more.  It just made me think more about it.  I think if I have a choice I don't want to use weedkiller unless it gets to the point that insanity is about to occur.  I am trying to read about alternatives and other ways of doing things.  I think its going to be a trial by error kind of system but fun to find out what works and what doesn't.

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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #113 on: May 25, 2009, 07:50 »
I would love to be totaly organic, it does seem better :). Though I don't think I ever will totaly. For example I am sure you all have hanging baskets and planters, it seems the norm these days to use things like miricle grow, they are not organic surely.
 See thats the trouble you don't entirely know whats on the shelf down at the garden centers is organic or not, and when it reads organic on the label they want to charge the earth for it. :wacko:
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Re: Organic Gardener, Chemical Gardener or in between?
« Reply #114 on: May 25, 2009, 07:58 »
"the norm these days to use things like miricle grow, they are not organic surel"

Miracle Gro have an organic range of Composts and Feeds:

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