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Nice one John, very well put as always.

It saddens me just how much of the typical Garden Centre stock comes from China. Even products posing as traditionally British are often lame imitations of the real thing.

Take stainless steel spades and forks as an example, as far as I can find out none are made in the UK these days - they all seem to come from the Far East and are very poor quality - my wife breaks them for a hobby. It's such a waste of resources to make an inferior product, ship it around the world and then for it to only last a few weeks.

That's true about normal pesticides being made with crude oil. I'm willing to take the time to look for organic alternatives. I found this spray by a company called Safer: http://www.saferbrand.com/store/garden-care/5102
It uses natural ingredients like salts and fatty acids instead of oil.

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