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Is 'Phostrogen All Purpose Plant Food' organic?


 
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 9:35 am    Post subject: Is 'Phostrogen All Purpose Plant Food' organic? Reply with quote

I picked some up the other day in Woodies, the label on the shelf said 'organic', but there is no certification on the actual box from the Soil Association or similar body to confirm that it is.

It's the one in a garish orange box...

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 09, 2010 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Phostrogen is not organic.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

there's no protection on the term organic in ireland, AFAIK - they may be being cheeky and are using the word organic in the chemistry sense (which really just means the chemistry of compounds with carbon molecules, so crude oil is an organic chemical in that sense).
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 11, 2010 6:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

the term organic is used loosely in gardening, if it is manufactured or not occurring naturally it is not organic. It is rather confusing. The plant root does not distinguish between organic and inorganic as the elements are taken in as complex compounds dissolved in soil water.
The main difference is where artificial or chemical ferilisers are added the elements are more readily available for absorption.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 14, 2010 10:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok...so as I understand it Phostrogen's not perfect, but it's not as artificial and terrible as it could be?

I'd rather not use it, but my flatmate has already fed the tomatoes with it! Next time, I'll stick to the seaweed/nettle juice...

Thanks for all your help
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