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How organic is it?


Dear Geeky, I buy organic seedlings, plant them in organic potting mix and feed them with organic fertiliser. But I live under the flight path and next to a busy road.

If all those diesel and petrol fumes land on my vegies, can I still call my produce organic or am I kidding myself? DdS

Dear DdS, I can see your dilemma. You don’t want to pass off common garden vegies as organic when they’re not. In this case, though, you don’t have a thing to worry about.

The last time I looked, diesel and petrol were made from hydrocarbons. And if you talk to a chemist, he or she will tell you that hydrocarbons are, in the original sense of the word, organic.

So if diesel and petrol fumes land on your plants that makes them MORE organic.

Do you have an ethical gardening dilemma that’s keeping you up at night? Ask Dear Geeky:

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