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    I agree with what everybody else has said, but just to add if you were strictly organic then you wouldn't use plastic in any form, and not even tap water.

    http://www.gardenorganic.org.uk/site...es-part1_0.pdf


    I garden by the 'middle way', which is no pesticides on any edible crops. And environmentally as possible, as much as I can.

    And this company sells organically veg plug plants. But I've not used them... Delfland Nurseries Limited

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    The only problem I can think of, is they are quite often treated with neonic's, which can last quite a long time and can cause problems for bees when they pollinate any flowers.

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    Regardless of how you treat the plants after you've bought them, I don't think they can technically be classed as organic.

    Regardless of how the plants were raised, I think.. and I may be wrong.. that the soil association need the ground to be chemical free for around 6 years to be fully organic.

    I simply don't use chemicals where at all possible, that'll do me!

    Just buy some seeds, and some compost, get growing and enjoy!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cptncrackoff View Post
    Regardless of how the plants were raised, I think.. and I may be wrong.. that the soil association need the ground to be chemical free for around 6 years to be fully organic.
    That's the easy bit though. I simply don't spend money on chemicals so don't use them. As I said earlier, I don't buy plugs if I can help it but getting hold of certified organic ones would make it much harder. Organic seeds are easier but do limit your options.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Alison View Post
    That's the easy bit though. I simply don't spend money on chemicals so don't use them. As I said earlier, I don't buy plugs if I can help it but getting hold of certified organic ones would make it much harder. Organic seeds are easier but do limit your options.
    I see what you're saying, I've only had my allotment for 3 years, I have no idea what has happened before that!

    I think the word 'organic' means different things to different people.
    I doubt I would buy purely certified organic seeds or plants, cost would hamper me!
    But by the same stamp, I don't buy all organic fruit and veg in the shops.. I know its better to,but cost wouldn't allow it.

    With my plot I know that the kids could pick something and eat it straight away, and know exactly how it's been raised... That'll do me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cptncrackoff View Post
    With my plot I know that the kids could pick something and eat it straight away, and know exactly how it's been raised... That'll do me!
    I think that is where most of want to be. No food miles or concerns about contamination - good, honest food
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    You would have to spend some time ensuring the existing soil was free of chemicals etc before you could declare it organic.
    You can not use chemicals on your plot and that is a good start.

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    If you aren't selling them it really doesn't matter whether they are technically organic or not.
    As long as I don't use chemicals on them or the soil they are growing in - that's organic enough for me.

    I wouldn't worry about what happened before I started growing on the plot. It has got to be better than ordinary supermarket veg That's my benchmark!

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