Wednesday, July 1, 2015

More Victims of the Satanic Grazon Herbicide

That is a very sick sunflower.

It's sick because of "Grazon" or possibly "GrazonNext," a popular herbicide glowingly recommended by the University of Florida for broadleaf weed control in pastures.

Here's the deal: Grazon or other Aminopyralid-containing herbicides are sprayed on pastures because they don't kill grasses, only plants such as horse nettle, pigweed and blackberries. Then after application, the cows, horses and other animals graze on the grass, ingesting the herbicide which passes undigested through their systems and into their manure.

The manure can be composted for a year or more and it will STILL kill your garden.

The picture above came from my friend Luzette, owner of Buffalo Girl Soaps. She came over to my booth at the Union Street Farmer's Market in Gainesville last week and told me that she had no idea what was happening to her garden this year.

"Everything is all messed up for some reason. I added a lot of horse manure - we can get tons of it - and I planted like usual..."

"Grazon," I replied. "Your garden has been poisoned."

I hate this stuff. I utterly hate it. I lost a thousand dollars of plants a few years back and poisoned a decent amount of my young food forest, setting it back for years and whacking some of my trees. There's an olive tree in my front yard that is shorter now than when I planted it.

It was poisoned by Grazon in a load of cow manure.

Grasses also take up the toxin, meaning that adding straw or hay to your compost is now no longer a good idea. Many, many fields are being sprayed.

AVOID ALL MANURE on your garden unless it's produced by your own animals and they are not fed with hay from outside your property. All manure should now be considered potentially deadly to your garden (with the possible exception of Black Kow - I have yet to hear a bad report about them so I'm assuming they're screening for Aminopyralids).

Here are some more pictures from Luzette's ruined garden:

The cantaloupe plants, she reports, looked okay but the fruit were small and hard. 

The peppers show the tell-tale leaf curling caused by Grazon damage:

And these beans are goners:

Even blackberry brambles are showing serious signs of damage:

In my book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting, I dedicate quite a few words to this evil stuff. I don't hesitate to call it Satanic, since it utterly perverts God's design in nature.

I have no idea how to fight the poisoning of manure, which has traditionally been the mainstay fertilizer of organic gardeners, but I do want you to know that I won't stop writing about it and trying to save as many of your gardens as I can.

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At July 1, 2015 at 10:40 AM , Blogger Dr. Mom said...

Thanks for this information!

At July 1, 2015 at 12:57 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once a garden is contaminated, how does one correct the problem?

At July 1, 2015 at 1:08 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Good question. Adding a lot of crushed charcoal helps, as does growing a crop of grain (corn, wheat) to pull up the toxin, then cutting and taking those plants somewhere else to dump them. My garden beds took about two years to return to health and I added a lot of charcoal. Tilling the soil helps increase the breakdown as well.

At July 1, 2015 at 1:09 PM , Blogger David The Good said...

Time is the true key... a lot of it is just waiting for the stuff to finally break down in a few years. When perennials and trees get hit, though, they never seem to regain their vigor and grow out of it.

At July 1, 2015 at 1:22 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

When you went through this did you try any fungal remediation?

At July 2, 2015 at 7:56 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do you think any hay is safe- peanut hay or alfalfa-as they are not really grasses. I really would like to use my horse manure, but have to supplement with hay.

At July 2, 2015 at 9:13 AM , Anonymous David The Good said...

No, we didn't.

At July 2, 2015 at 9:14 AM , Anonymous David The Good said...

I think both of those would be fine. It's the grasses that are the danger.

At July 2, 2015 at 10:33 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

How about test growing a small crop of various plants before adding the compost to a larger garden.

It would take planning and room but you could grow a small patch with a certain compost pile, if no damage then that pile is "cleared" for further use. If you get damage you just let the contaminated pile set until the stuff breaks down, just repeat the test every year. Only use a certain pile after it has been shown uncontaminated.

At July 2, 2015 at 10:07 PM , Blogger Unknown said...

Two questions. Where do you get your information on who uses what? What do you know about Timberline sold at Lowes? I use their cow manure/compost frequently.

At July 4, 2015 at 12:27 PM , Anonymous Myamuhnative said...

Is there anything else that could cause the pepper's frizzled leaves?
My whole crop of peppers started to look like this after a wicked battle to save them from a horrific white fly infestation and then subsequent fungal problems. They are planted in a soil that is used by my local organic upick farm and grows all kinds of weeds (that all look healthy,no frizzle).
In my desperation to save the plants, I picked fungus damaged leaves, sprayed with soap, neem oil and drenched with Epsom salt for root strength. Followed with worm castings to fertilize and deter white flies. So now my peppers have doubled in growth, albeit with funky looking leaves on the datils and cachuchas. The lemon drops look normal now and both cachucha and lemon drops are loaded with flowers , datils are still too young to flower. Fingers crossed that this was more a fungal issue than grazon? What do you think?


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