Someone asked this question: “What about the use of pesticides?
Let’s take a moment and look at the meaning of the word.
“A pest is anything growing in the wrong place, and ‘cides is from the Latin meaning killing.
This includes rodenticides and fungicides.
From my experience operating the gardening service, the use of some pesticides was necessary. Today, as it was then, it should be the last resort to cure a pest issue, especially in our vegetable garden.
I’m referring to insects (aphids) attacking currant bushes or attempting to kill my plum tree or slugs eating my cauliflower. Examples of alternative pest control to kill aphids can be dish soap or insecticide soap.
A pesticide is needed when your fruit trees are infected with algae, lichens or moss, and it will eventually kill your fruit trees.
To control this fungus, spray with a fungicide called lime sulphur in the dormant season (before the buds start to swell).
An example of an alternative pesticide to kill weeds in your garden, a garden hoe might be all you need.
“What is an organic product?”
An organic product is one grown without the use of commercial fertilizer or pesticides.
In the USA, some farmers, under a contract to provide grain organically, sold regular grain as organic. The organic products we buy should have been produced without fertilizer and pesticides. Unfortunately, the reality is it is hard to know which food label claims you can trust—and which to avoid.