Post by pepperhead212 on May 22, 2019 17:10:27 GMT -5
Good news, but I read that carefully, and did not see anything about whether these companies will still be making these chemicals, and selling them all over the rest of the world. We see things like that with DDT and other outlawed chemicals still being used elsewhere, but at least they are making some progress against these chemicals.
Last Friday I was in the garden at 0630 collecting goodies for market. Along comes the lawn poison truck to the neighbor next door who has 2 lots, one is behind us. I tried to hurry up before he got to the back. I started to smell it, took the dog inside since she just wanted to hang around the fence line. The guy came to the back, said good morning. I did the same and then told him I had a question. I asked "why aren't you using protective equipment?" He laughed and said "Like what?" (He had on shorts, short sleeves, he did have on wrist length gloves.) He swears the stuff is harmless, at one point said "you can even drink it." I said "really? What is the stuff and who makes it?" It's 2-4D and made by Agri-Science. I asked him to look at my garden which has no chemicals/pesticides. He said "wow, too bad everybody doesn't do that". I explained that "the Stuff" isn't harmless and that repeated exposure does have implications for soil and human health. He was listening intently. He did agree it destroys micro-organisms in the soil.
It was an interesting conversation. I high-tailed it into the house. Added to the mix, crop duster showed up while he was here The lawn guy then proceeded to the houses across the street.
Post by lilolpeapicker on Aug 15, 2019 7:36:34 GMT -5
Don't ya wish you could cover ur garden with a protective tarp to keep that from falling on your garden and your soil. Maybe there is little that can be done in the long run going into the groundwater....oh man! The man next door used to use Roundup along the property line which is why I kept veggies from that area. You can only try.
The only way I use a lawn guy is just to cut my lawn when I cannot.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
Post by SpringRain on Aug 17, 2019 11:11:39 GMT -5
I hate to see those lawn trucks come, and if I don't see them, I know they've been in the area when I see the signs on the lawn. I've written before that the new neighbor has a youngster, and has had the yard area in which the playground is located sprayed for mosquitoes. I saw yet another fresh sign yesterday. How much is enough??
Post by SpringRain on Aug 17, 2019 14:58:36 GMT -5
lilolpeapicker, have you heard the "conversations" between some teens these days? What I hear when they walk home down my street apparently on their way home from school sounds more like something I would expect in a rowdy bar.
I remember some phrases we used as kids; if I accidentally use them, younger people have no idea what I'm talking about.