Portland Oregon area.
I need to kill a lot of weeds in a 24' x 16 ' rectangular bed quickly
and then replant by
15 May with both seed plant seeds and starter plants.
Vecause of illness last fall, I didn't get te weed fabric covering on,
so I have more weeds
than I can shake a stick at.
These are going to be veggies.
After the weeds are killed, 'll shoveling on 62 Cu. Ft. of composted
grass clippings and dried
brown leaves that have been "cooking" for about 4 - 5 years.
The compost and the dead weeds will be rotilled in before new plants are
Weed B Gone?
(Don't say hand weed. Not an option. Remnants of heart issues fom last
Cover the area with 4 - 6mm clear poly (the stuff they use for vapor barrier
under a slab). It will bake/frey whatever vegitation that is under the poly
and will kill any fungal disease that might be in the area. Much better IMHO
than using chemicals.
No chemical has ever or will ever be tested for safety in humans. Hire a
neighborhood kid to hand weed the area. Or, your heart may end up being the
least of your troubles. If you don't know any kids to ask, call the nearest
high school and find out if they have a way of connecting kids who want jobs
with people offering work.
If you mean humans used as pesticide "test animals" sure they have.
Several not too distant studies are around on different products. EPA
had quit accepting such data only as recent as 1998 for regulatory
purposes on pesticides. So it's ethical to admit such studies on
chemicals used as pharmaceuticals which may only effect a small part of
the population and unethical for the same type of studies on another
chemical that by it's usage may effect a much larger percentage of the
population because it is called a pesticide.
Roundup (active ingredient glyphosate) is a complete
herbicide. It kills, or is intended to kill,
everything to which you apply it.
Weed-B-Gon from Ortho is intended to kill weeds in
lawns while not harming the grass. Its active
ingredient (Triclopyr) is a selective systemic
herbicide that affects woody and broadleaf plants.
You can find probably more information that you ever
wanted on both of the chemicals at the Extoxnet site:
http://extoxnet.orst.edu/pips/triclopy.htm (for triclopyr).
Assuming the ground is not compacted too bad, I would spray it with
Round-Up, plant my garden *without* tilling, and use the compost for
mulch. 62 cubic feet sounds like a lot, but it will cover your area a
little less than 2 inches.
I wouldn't till it because that will awaken dormant weed seeds that are
just waiting for the ground to be disturbed. Let the earthworms till it
for you. (or till it next year after you've gardened it for a year and
kept it weeded by hand)
Its not, it was tilled back last October, bu never got the cover down.
Soil is still real wet as is typical of our springs.
I used to add 4 fifty pound sand sacks each year too help drainage, and
aid the compost in
breaking up the clay, but that may not be an option this year.
The three 10 gallon buckets of ash from the wood stoves over a winter's
are already out there.
I would spray it with
The compost operation is three 4' x 4 ' x 4' chicken wire bins, rotated
and tossed a lot.
Its amazing how full one looks when its all "cooked" and ready, and how
little there is when it is spread.
Both the garden plot and the compost are teaming with worms. I like worms.
(Neighbors think I'm wierd.)
If the grand kids were here (Oregon) instead of Virginia, they'd be
the "funnest" use of worms is fishingn not farming.
My concern re the Roundup is that as I understand it it is not a soil
thats the way I want it to be, i.e. kill the crap and not sterilize the
G*dda*n morning glory blows in from across back fence neighbor's yard
and I hate it,
hate it, hate it, do you hear!
(Did I tell you some eighbors think I'm wierd?) <BFG>
Thanks for ideas.
On Thu, 26 Apr 2007 14:47:53 -0700, jJim McLaughlin
You are dealing with 3 different situations and looking for one
solution. It does not exist.
Roundup will kill all growing vegetation, regardless of weed, grass or
Weed-B-Gone will kill all broadleaf growing vegetation but will not
Neither of those will affect ungerminated weed seeds in the ground
waiting their time. You need a pre-emergent herbicide (Dacthol or
Dactrinol for instance) to do that but it will also kill any veggie
seeds that you plant for the next month or so.
So, you makes your choices and pays your price.
Be sure to read the label of whatever you choose and follow its
instructions to the letter. Do that and there is little danger to
those who consume the produce contrary to the beliefs of those who
consume insect larvae in their veggies and fruits.
To some extent, yes. One reason we grow vegetables at home is because we can
control what chemicals, if any, are used. We have no such control with
vegetables we buy at the grocery store, unless we buy organic. But, even
though we can choose what to spray, we have no reliable information on the
safety of the chemicals, and we never will.
Absolutely. I know what I do on my property. I am trained and
licensed to apply controlled substances and follow all of the rules
(READ THE LABEL).
That is very different from what happens on a commercial farm where
the owner is dependent upon the hired help doing the right thing. My
experience is that farmers want their workers to do the right thing
but that may or may not happen. On my place (and I sell some of my
produce) it is done by the book because I am the guy doing it.
On the other side are the organic Islamists who believe that their way
is the only way and every one else should be killed. BS.
I raise quality products using IPM methods and am proud of what I do
and will not accept unreasonable criticism form the organic Islamists.
|> organic Islamists
|???? This is incredibly offensive.....
|Let's converse like adults.
Fat chance! I just kill-filtered him/her or should I say, "It?"
Why waste time responding to such pre-adolescent nyah-nyah?
Speaking of BS, oh tolerant one, no one here suggested anything of the
sort. But you. As for your beloved chemicals, I don't give a rats
ass if you bathe in them, Just don't let them near mine or my
Ann, gardening in Zone 6a
South of Boston, Massachusetts
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