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Re: Re:

I rarely have critters on mine w/ companion planting. But I only grow
things that thrive here. Not like these goofballs that try to grow cool
weather veggies in Texas. duh.

Pam Evans
Kemp, TX
zone 8A
----- Original Message -----
From: Aplfgcnys@aol.com
Sent: 12/13/2004 3:47:56 PM
To: gardenchat@hort.net
Subject: Re: [CHAT] "organic" vegetables?

Kitty, this is the very reason I do grow as much of my food as possible.  I 
like to 
know exactly how it was grown and what went into or onto it.  I don't mind 
rinsing the leafy things in salt water to remove any creepy-crawlies.  It has
to be washed to remove sand anyway, and my home-grown vegetables rarely
have anything more than a few green cabbage-moth caterpillars which the 
salt water takes care of.  In all my years of growing vegetables I have never
had a problem with black aphids. Admittedly, by broccoli does get a few of
the green worms, but a salt-water rinse takes care of them quickly.
  Many things I feel quite comfortable eating right in the garden - the early 
peas and beans don't even make it back to the house.  I take great pleasure 
in flowers, but home-grown vegetables are essential to my sense of well-being.

In a message dated 12/13/2004 10:50:13 AM Eastern Standard Time, 
kmrsy@comcast.net writes:
I don't have an answer for you Auralie, but this is one of the reasons I do 
not grow food.


-------------- Original message -------------- 

> To me, the term "organic" as applied to produce is pretty silly - anything 
> that grows in organic, however, I usually choose organically grown 
> produce at the grocery store if it looks reasonably good and isn't too 
> much more expensive than the non-organic. 
> I bought a nice-looking bunch of "organic" broccoli the other day, and 
> started to use some of it raw in a salad. As I began to cut the florets 
> apart, I discovered that it was just riddled with black aphids. Of course 
> this confirmed that it had been grown without pesticides, but hey, I 
> don't like black aphids in my salad. I know I could have carefully 
> cleaned it in salt water, as I do with what I grow in my own garden, but I 
> was in a hurry, so tossed the whole bunch out. I would like to support 
> the "organic" movement. I really believe in it, and don't use any 
> chemicals in my own garden, but I found this really off-putting. I 
> don't really know the answer. 
> Auralie 
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