Hats off to Organic Farmers!

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but it has been absolutely gorgeous weather here in Cornwall. Inevitably that means plenty of visits to the beach with the kids, pottering in the garden, weeding the veg patch and checking to see how the tomatoes are coming along…

Nearly all of the Frugi team are growing vegetables of some description, and I think it’s safe to say we’re all trying to “do it right”… even when it comes to those pesky slugs!! We’ve tried and tested beer traps, copper wire and all sorts of other organic methods of slug prevention, trying not to helplessly sit back as the little rotters munch through the leaves without a care in the world. And I have to say that sometimes it’s really tempting to just nip off to the local garden centre and pick up some weed killer or some slug pellets…

But as we know, pesticides are bad news… So we doggedly persevere with our mini organic farms and occasionally the crops suffer, but we live and learn. Last year my broccoli was chomped close to death by rabbits, only to be polished off by caterpillars just as I thought they were on the road to recovery. This year I cunningly purchased some netting and have managed to keep the little tinkers away! Mr McGregor would be pleased!

The point I’m trying to make is this: growing things organically isn’t easy. Every time I spot a slug in the veg patch I’m amazed that I am struggling to keep Mr. Slug away from my 6  runner bean plants, yet Riverford manage to grow enough runner beans to fill hundreds of their veggie boxes.  So I just wanted to formally take my hat off to all the organic farmers out there! From organic cabbages to organic cotton – they’re doing a fantastic job!

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