As from this month, the poisonous slug pellets containing metaldehyde have been withdrawn from sale. From now on, in the UK, you can only buy pellets containing ferric phosphate. Many of these have been designated as being suitable use for use in organic gardening. This is a triumph for organic growers, who have long campaigned for the ban of toxic metaldehyde.
Now July has arrived, Chris is sitting back a little and enjoying the fruits of his labour. He is feeling very satisfied with an abundance of fresh lettuce, spinach and rocket for his evening salads. There is still work to be done with composting to tend to and still time to sow crops in containers.
Henry Dimbleby – co-founder of restaurant chain Leon and of the Sustainable Restaurant Association – has been appointed by Environment Secretary Michael Gove to lead the first major review of the UK food system in nearly 75 years.
He will investigate the entire food system, from field to fork, and consider what changes are needed to ensure that it:
Our friends and partners at Triodos Bank have supported Garden Organic for many years and share our belief that the best option to protect our food supplies, environment, health and wellbeing is to use organic growing methods.
For Chris, June has been consumed, mainly by two things. The first has been setting up the balcony garden and of course, the second has been the weather! I will concentrate the opening of this blog on one of my favourite places in the world, my humble balcony.