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Can I call the compost from my heap organic?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:56

and so say all of us.

Can I call the compost from my heap organic?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:48

The trouble is , an organic farm won't sell their FYM. They keep a closed cycle and use it on their own fields.

How far back do you go.? If you grow organic seed, were the parents of that seed organic? If the racehorses were fed organically grown feed, were the parents of that horse?

A plant does not know the difference between organic or non organic nutrients, or whether its in soil or grown hydroponically, so long as it gets the nutrients it needs.

What bothers me is the pesticide residues. So I use barriers, moth traps, and tolerate some losses.

Can I call the compost from my heap organic?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 19:10

I add compost (my own) , fish blood and bone, and FYM from the farmer up the road. The FYM  is from cows and horses bedded on straw and wood shavings.Probably none of those sources are truly organic. I would rather add that than  growmore and recycled rubbish from the council. The seed  I use is not organic, but I consider the end product that I eat, to be as near organic as I can get. I know that pesticide residue is next to non existent, and thats what I'm bothered about.

Can I call the compost from my heap organic?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 18:51

Good luck with that one. (soil association rules).

Soil is classed as organic if no pesticide or artificial fertiliser has been applied for 5 years. The perfect organic system is closed. nothing is imported in to the cycle.

In a normal garden setting, I think it is better to put the banana peelings in the compost, even if they are not organic, than to landfill. By the time it is composted any pesticide residue should have decomposed. Most seeds are not grown organically. I think that it is such a tiny %of the end product as to make no difference. Most people would count peat as an organic product, but it fails on the count of  not adding in to a closed system. Without keeping our own pigs and sheep, it is not feasible to have a closed system in the average garden.

Topping Monkey Puzzle Tree

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:24

Yes, it would totally ruin the shape. If its too big, take it out and plant something more suitable.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:21

especially for Toronto Bill.

and any one else who wants a laugh on a rotten wet day.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:19

I'm glad you're back , Fairygirl.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:18

Well, I opened my big mouth and was going to spread some mulch on the tree lilies. I had a coffee, it went dark, windy, thunder and lightning, and then hailed. Is there anything good on the telly?

If you fancy a drool over hellebores, have a look here. Its an american site so no good for buying, but excellent pictures.


are these viburnums ready for the big bad world?

Posted: 25/01/2014 at 15:03

It depends on your ground. If you have free draining stuff, yes, but I wouldn't plant if its a clayey quagmire. Everything I have in pots will stay there until march when the soil condition improves.


Posted: 25/01/2014 at 01:12

Bill, forkers are gardeners. We use a garden fork for forking the soil over.I don't know whether you have ever seen the two ronnies sketch on fork handles or four candles, but it's all in the accent. 

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