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P1030988Vegetable and fruit growers spend more time at war than the average Western Power.  Whatever species you are growing there will undoubtedly be a list of pests and diseases waiting to attack it.  Large scale producers tend to take the chemical warfare approach to this problem which on paper is probably the only answer to that scale of production, but unfortunately leaves them with a product that many would consider not safe for human consumption.  Good job for them that the supermarket is not obliged to put a list of ‘ingredients’ on a packet of vegetables.
Chemicals have been such an ally to gardening over the last century that it is now the default setting for a solution to a problem.  Spray it, spray it, spray it.  Not just pests and diseases but even weeds are widely sprayed, In many scenarios a nonsensical choice as it simply turns a green weed to brown, it doesn’t make it disappear.
Good plant and plot management will go much further than chemical weapons, simple tasks like mulching, hoeing, and hands-on regular contact with your plants.
Two years into the High Bank Project and still proudly chemical free we know first hand that chemicals are not necessary in fruit and vegetable production.  Guests eating produce at High Bank can ‘chow down’ safe in the knowledge that the produce does not come with a cocktail of chemicals.

So for your own health, and for the health of the soil and the atmosphere, High Bank recommends these three choices…  Grow your own!  Buy organic from your local farm-shop!  Stay at High Bank Cottage!

Sky Blue, with much white cloud,   temp 19c.
Time for G&T