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Planting Annual Flowers, Brussels Sprouts, Collards, Tomatoes. 4.23.18
Thanks, Daniel, for your quick response. I have essentially two questions at this time, and the Googled literature has conflicting instructions. I suppose some of the reports on "short life" of glyphosate in plant life have sponsors from the chemical industry. The information of the chemical staying in the soil may be from gardeners or land-grant colleges. I will pay attention to the sources as I further my search. My experience this spring is that I sowed many varieties of vegetable seeds in the greenhouse to get a head start on plants that take longer than 50 days to mature. The tomatoes came up correctly while few of my other vegetables and herbs showed sprouting through the ground. Some of my seed was old. My soil consists of homemade compost from kitchen scraps, horse manure that is now more than two years old, and trimmings from the garden. I replanted twice and now am going to use only seed starter mix from the hay, seed, feed, and grain store and fresh seeds. Perhaps I should go to the local hardware to get the seed starter mix. My second concern is the research about plants retaining the chemical in their tissues. Are the vegetables safe for small children? We have a gaggle of kids joining me in the garden. I teach them how to wash the vegetables before eating them, but I don't know about the salads and cooked ones I serve at the dinner table. Of course, I wash everything thoroughly. Our salads are very fresh, light, and especially delicious. Even the little ones eat what I harvest.
The sun shines, evidence of frost occurred last night, the greenhouse has seedling and plants ready to go out into the growing boxes, and I have energy for more than a couple hours of chores. Spring definitely continues and the colors of the forest of fir and cedars ripens with the growth of needles on the Larch.
Dominic had his "rub" this morning and I will give him a thorough brushing when we go outside.
The menu today includes a pot of beans and the fourth day of serving salad greens from the greenhouse.
Bertold, you hit on two of my favorite topics, dogs and gardens, not in any particular order.
"Crap, we've got Carpenter Ants" too.
Kathy, I agree with you about Roundup. Convincing a grown daughter of anything takes lots of reasoning. She is a logical and rational type of person (for which I am grateful). I just have to out "logic and rationalize" her!
I think I figured out why my vegetable seeds were not sprouting. Laura used Roundup on the lawn to kill dandelions the other day, and when Larry mowed the lawn, he put the cuttings on the compost heap.
I still have not convinced Laura not to use Roundup because she is so determined to have a pristine lawn. She said I could grow all of them I wanted, but not in the lawn.
Last summer, I picked dandelions blooming in the grass every morning to take them to the chickens, but I just do not have the energy to do that anymore.
The compost I used in the garden was two years old, consisted mostly of horse manure, and feels as perfect loamy soil should. I just did not realize it contained Roundup.
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