When I set up my veg patch I was sure it was going to be absolutely chemical free* but I have failed:
It’s because I’d like to succesfully grow beans. Last year I planted three lots of beans. I could probably do better at keeping the snail pubs topped up and regularly cleaned out. I could go on obsessive night time hunts with a torch, but I don’t. But there are so many snails here I swear you could knock down our house and build a new one just from snail shells.
So I gave in to the lure of easy blue blobs. And I don’t believe the ‘certified for organic use’ thingy on the label for a minute. But then I also don’t buy the idea that dosing your soil with sulphur is ok because it’s ‘organic’, if you need to do it fine, just don’t try telling me it’s organic. I don’t garden exclusively organically, although it would be nice, and so that’s more a plea for the word to mean something useful, rather than some UR GARDEN MUST BE UBER PURE OR UR DOIN IT RONG kindof thing.
Anyway, it makes me a little sad and feels like a minor failure to give in on this. Sigh…
P.S I don’t think anyone else should feel bad about using blue blobs, or other chemicals if they choose to. I very much believe that in life we draw our own lines around what we can/will do and that’s no-one’s business but ours. For example I use cruelty-free cosmetics but eat meat. These are my choices, yours may be different and that’s cool.
*well apart from the chemicals naturally present in soil, plants etc. We need another word for ‘extra-added-bad-chemical’ because there’s nothing wrong with chemicals per se. I’m chemical, you’re chemical, we’re all chemical (alchemical).