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To say I was surprised by this announcement would be an understatement ó stunned more like, not to say angry. My kids were being subjected to high levels of chemicals, not just from carrots, but presumably from all sorts of other supposedly 'healthy' food. And there was no way to tell: you certainly couldn't distinguish a carrot full of pesticides from one that wasn't, just by looking at it.
I also realised something else: carrots are a root vegetable. And if a root is surrounded by something, it takes it in and absorbs it, like a sponge. So peeling a carrot wasn't going to do much good, if problem was an excessive level of chemicals.
I was living in an area with no organic retail outlets. The only supermarket was K**kS*ve. I had no transport. The only solution was to grow my own. So that is what I did ó with no previous experience of gardening (apart from my cactus collection). If you've got a good enough reason, you can do anything.
That was 12 years ago now, and I haven't looked back. Not only have I grown lots of really nice food (much tastier than shop-bought stuff), but I've had fun doing it, too.
So, if you have any experience of gardening, or none, visit GardenZone and I will show you how to get started. Exactly what to do, in English, not garden jargon (you will get to know what terms mean, but to start with they are too confusing).
Frann lives in Edinburgh, Scotland. She has her own internet marketing business and is always on the lookout to recruit go-getters like herself. Find out more: here