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Organic Certification Proving a negative

Organic Certification is a weird idea. In effect we organic producers, transformers and resellers have to pay an authorised Organic Certification Organisation to prove that we do not do things, we do not use organically modified organisms, we do not use synthetic chemicals, we do not feed our animals rubbish, we do not keep animals […]

Is it time to abolish Organic Certification Organisations?

organic certication

Organic Certification Organisations are strange things; not unpleasant, far from it, but strange nevertheless. Organic Certification Organisations are civil not state structures, it varies from country to country, some are charities, others companies, some associations. They all have one thing in common, their primary income is their clients, that is us organic producers, transformers and […]

Organic Gardening- the natural no-dig way by Charles Dowding

This book is a superb introduction from Green Books to a tried and tested organic gardening technique perfected by Charles Dowding over 25 years of hands on experience. A highly productive vegetable garden that involves no digging, written by a man with no formal horticultural training, and organic to boot? You may be permitted a […]

Growing Organic Tomatoes

organic tomatoes

Nothing tastes quite like summer that a salad of freshly picked home grown organic tomatoes, sliced and sprinkled with basil and olive oil. A glass of chilled Corbieres Rose is a lovely companion, as are good friends to share them with. This is not intended to be a definitive guide to growing organic tomatoes, more […]

Who owns the US organic market?

US organic mrket

Where the US corporations lead the rest of the world follows, the organic market is no different. The US organic market is the world’s leading organic market, in 2013 Statista estimated it at 24, 347 million Euros, as opposed to Europe’s largest organic market Germany 7,550 million Euros (See http://www.statista.com/statistics/244375/revenue-of-organic-food-in-europe-and-the-united-states/) : Organically certified food is […]

French Organic market

Organic Land France

The organic market in France is rising steadily, in 2013 it amounted to 4.38 billion euros up from 3.17 billion in 2012. (Source Agence bio) The UK organic market for 2014 in comparison is estimated by the Soil Association to be around 2.61 billion euros. More importantly from my perspective is that the local organic […]

THREE ORGANIC ALTERNATIVES TO HORMONE ROOTING POWDER

With Spring almost appearing its time to think about taking cuttings. Here at Montrouch we have a series of strong mother plants awaiting a hair cut, the Rosemary, Mint, Thyme are all looking suitably shaggy. The problem however is how to maximise the survival rate and to ensure strong growth. For chemical gardeners this isn’t […]

ORGANIC AND NATURAL SOLUTIONS FOR SNAIL AND SLUG CONTROL

Snails and slugs are the bane of organic gardeners, basil, cucumbers, tomatoes, lettuces and other tasty leaves can be destroyed in one night-and their is nothing more disheartening than seeing the heads of tray seedlings fall victim to the nocturnal slippery slimes. Without the use of expensive poisons there is no simple solutions, here are […]

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