This is amazing information,
worthy of a sticky (IMHO)...
I have a friend in Austin (a good 45 minute drive from me as he is in south austin) TX, who has bought varieties which he knows have not been taken care of organicly, although he does try to get all organics, there are certain things (such as safron) which are impossible to find "untouched".
This guy is amazing. He has a simple half acre of property, but has no lawn anymore, it's all just his garde with paths to get to everything.
He only has a couple of plants that can't be eaten because they help to bring benificial criters.
He started because he had a heart attack and his doctor said it was mainly due to stress, since he is a very healthy person anyway. So he figured, if he got out and gardened it would relieve the stress, then, he decided to make it all foods and to be organic about it because he believes (like I do), that many of our health problems can be, in part, blamed on these un-natural sprays and treatments that are done to our plants.
he started a business out of his home now, where he harvests the seeds and bulbs of his plants and ships them to people. I like the concept that he has, and he's honest, he will tell you if a plant that he is selling is 100% organic, or if he can't be certain it was, or even if it's grandparents weren't organicly grown...
I am amazed at what he is doing frankly, but, I guess that's all a digression of this post. The point is that, I am getting freakish about organic stuff.
In the past, I had bought plants from Walmart and home depot, before I ever thought of their origin... Lemon Balm for instance, bought from walmart at one time, tasted ok, but, the organic one that I just bought has a more potent lemon flavor (as well as sent), which is yet another reason why I am going all organic at the moment.
Sorry my post is so long, I am just getting excited about what all I am planning, I am going to take some major before during after pictures while I build up my garden.
Thanks again for your wonderful information.