Saturday, July 27, 2013

@ThePrepper Project: More on Toxic Herbicides

If you've been reading here for very long, you know I had a nasty run-in with herbicides in composted cow manure a couple years back.

In one of my latest posts for The Prepper Project, I talk more about what you can do to avoid... contain... and identify if your supposedly organic and wonderful amendments are contaminated with DEATH.

Today's takeaway: Don't use off-site manure in your garden unless you own a freaking lab. Seriously.


At July 27, 2013 at 5:33 PM , Blogger jean said...

Strange that you posted this. Just today, I was commenting to my husband that it seems a lot of USA blog gardeners I follow have a hard time finding good, safe, organic compost and soils for their gardens. That doesn't sound like fun.

At July 29, 2013 at 9:47 AM , Blogger Kari said...

I ran into that last year using purchased hay as mulch. I noticed the effects within a few weeks and pulled up all the hay, but I did lose some annuals and a few plants in my vegetable garden (fortunately, I hadn't used much in with the vegs). The permanent plants all had deformed growth last year, but this year they all look nice and healthy. I think mine recovered so quickly because I only had it on the soil surface and for such a short time. It's my understanding that once it is mixed in with the soil it can take years to recover.

Of course, both the company I bought the hay from and the hay grower denied having used any sort of herbicide on the hay, but my plants showed otherwise. The experience has left me really gun-shy about using any organic matter that doesn't come from my own place.


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