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Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:51

Organic food ventures seem to be struggling.  Our local organic farm has closed. There is less and less available in my local supermarkets, and box schemes pop up and fail almost immediately. At a large farm shop in Devon, which i visited last week there were almost no organic fruit and vegetables for sale, despite this being an obvious candidate, The fruit and vegetables manager told me that organics have such a short shelf life they preferred to sell "normal" produce. Organics lose them money.

Please someone, explain to me how organic produce promotes the welfare of mankind. Why is demand falling?

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:25

I thought there was consensus that the fern was probably bracken, and that if there was a doubt it still made sense to remove it from a school garden. In addition there is a debate about whether a picture of a tree is an acer campestre, a much less problematic debate among friends. I personally, have changed my mind several times on the tree. But not on the fern eradication.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 23:20

Why not propose that the developed nations such as ours provide a lead and eat less instead ? Why pass the problem to others to solve?  Malthus, in the 19th century, wrote that the world could not sustain the then world population ,vastly smaller than it is now. Man's intelligence in finding solutions to it's problems has filled the gap, and it is there that we must seek our solutions, not wishful thinking. If we don't find ways of increasing food production, starvation and death will control population levels. 

Are you saying that if we can persuade the others to limit their populations we can have the luxury of eating organics because we feel they may be good for we, rich folks?


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 22:55

I think the organic movement has been found out. There is little evidence that it actually tastes any different, is healthier, or is the right way forward to feed the world's growing population. Quite the opposite, organic is extensive in it's resource use, not intensive. In other words it uses more land to produce the same amount. This is not sustainable in world terms. We have to find ways of feeding a growing population, and a population which demands a higher standard of living year on year.  Science, and specifically GM is the only way forward. All very uncomfortable. I know, but undeniable. The Chinese population grows by 8% each year!!

In our own country, those on lower incomes cannot afford expensive organics. Obesity is a growing problem, and many people have poor diets, and certainly don't eat their 5 a day. How can they afford organics? What society must do is give them the opportunity of purchasing cheap fruit and vegetables. Organics cannot do this.

Sorry to tread on sensitive toes on this issue, but we need rational solutions to the world's food problems, not pie in the sky, airy fairy thinking. The uncomfortable alternative is food shortages, higher prices and starvation. Organics have never provided the answers.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 19:19

No, the roses are staying although they didn't expect to be pruned today or so harshly. My expectation is that the will be growing and flowering madly in a year's time, and that by then the supporting plants will be blossoming also.


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 18:06

I raised a major border to the ground today after severely pruning the roses in same. It had all become overgrown, woody and weedy. Time for radical action. Edge was reshaped to permit easier mowing and next step will be to add deep composted soil layer. Now have a lovely planting opportunity, although I have no idea at moment which way I will go. Border is part shade/sun and can be dry as there are some trees nearby. It must be less maintenance heavy than before so I am inclined to go for plants that can be hoed between.

Next weeks Hampton Court trip may give me some ideas and there is always Malvern in the Autumn. Very exciting


Gardens we Have Visited 2014

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 16:37

I think I have the "blue" rose, a real charmer that always draws comments....


Posted: 03/07/2014 at 14:19

An earlier reference to watering, and the possibility of rain, reminded me of something Alan Titchmarsh said... an inch of rain (which we rarely get all in one go in summer) will penetrate the soil to a depth of 9 inches. Whilst this is useful it is no where near enough, and unless we get continuous and frequent rain , we must keep on watering. Pots and tubs in particular get almost no benefit from rain as much is shed by the leaves without touching the compost. Having said that plants seem to smile more when they have had a good drink of rainwater.

Personally, I don't use the spray attachment when I water. I remove it and water using the end of the hose at the base of the plant.  If I was thirsty I would much rather lie beneath the tap, than run around the garden with my mouth open in a storm!



Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:17

White agapanthus have much wider leaves which is the general rule for A's that may be most tender. My blues are much thinner. I always take my whites indoors over winter/early spring. I protect the latter from exceaa moisture only, outside.

Help with identifying plants in school wildlife garden

Posted: 03/07/2014 at 09:12

Sorry to disagree but the tree is not like my campestres. Shape of leaf is similar but it is too much like a cultivated tree than a wild specimen. Leaves too large and luxurious?

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