Cutting away at the same branch that we are sitting on:

Sat, 08/01/2009 - 11:01am
By: carbonunit52

A popular weed-whacking product proves deadly to human cells (that's me!, that's me!) Link

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Submitted by boo boo on Mon, 08/03/2009 - 11:51pm.

Yep, I read this article but also read some of the bloggers. One a Dr. blogger from Monsanto saying also that Dish Soap, Shampoo,etc can also injure, kill, cells. Of course he is the fox in the hen house...This unit also thinks about all these Chemicals we are exposed to. One blogger said we should worry more about what is on food coming from Mexico and China. What exactly do they put on their food products in the way of chemicals, pesticides? Yep, that is a scary thought since more and more American Food items are being replaced by the above Countries.
What ya gonna do? Just be careful, I wear a mask, gloves, safety glasses, long sleeves, long pants, socks, now, when mixing chemicals, mowing, trimming, planting, when I'm outside working. Don't know if it will help me in the long run but my yard alternative would not be Pretty.

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Tue, 08/04/2009 - 8:53pm.

Supporting organic farming is a good start (like Coweta County is considering). I only post about the environment every now and then, although if my frequency matched my zeal, I would make Darth Dubious look mild and timid. This article about Roundup caught my eye because the issue is with an ingredient that is listed as inert, and is anything but. There really is no need for these type of poisons in your garden or your yard, and, a beautiful yard to me would be full of clover and dandelions (and other incredible edibles).

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Submitted by dawn69 on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 12:29am.

My bell peppers have white flies. I've tried store bought organic solutions to kill them (even though I don't like killing ANYTHING), but nothing works.

I also have a wren that's gone M.I.A. She nested in one of my hanging baskets and had 5 baby birds (that chirped non stop). One day they were all there and the next day they are all gone. I haven't seen them in a week. The babies were way too young to have flown the nest - they hadn't even opened their eyes yet. It's like the mystery of Roanoke. I just can't figure what's happened to those babies and the mother. I liked watching her with those babies - she wasn't nearly as bitchy as the mockingbird family in my rose bush.Smiling

"That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet."
- Emily Dickinson

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Submitted by carbonunit52 on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 6:05am.

This is good information, LINK, on white fly control. Boo boo was correct, white flies love the color yellow, and personally, I don't worry too much about killing them, because it's their fault for being a white fly.

We had wrens nest in our hanging baskets too. The first batch "disappeared" like yours did. The second time I kept a closer watch and determined that they just plain develop fast and leave the nest early. I found one of the fledglings struggling on the the ground, it was little and could not fly off of the ground. I put it back in the nest and it immediately jumped out and "flew" to the ground. Knowing that there are roaming cats around I tried to put the chick up higher but it would have nothing of that and flew down again. So I left it be from there, because it was very hard to see on the ground anyway, and what do I really know about being a wren?

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Submitted by boo boo on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 1:04am.

Try hanging an old French's mustard (yellow)plastic bottle with olive oil or some oil rubbed all over it...bugs love yellow...they stick to the oil on bottle. Wrens, yep had two nest in our garage of all the babies try to get in and can't find the garage door..the critters are so friendly this year..the babies could have all flown the coop in one in brother did it so I will try too..or Mom said, all right you little birdies, away you go and kicked them all out of the nest at one time...which is what probably happened..

Submitted by boo boo on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 12:10am.

You would fit right in around here then because that is all we had for a yard this year, clover and dandy's and of course every grass and weed seed known to man thrives in my yard. We only care that it is green and that she be, this year at least. With the price of fertilizer, who can afford to spread that on a yard very often. Weed and Feed, what's that. Not used around here, I have critters..

Now those fire ants, OH My..can't have those sneaky little devils. Tried everything from Vinegar to boiling water, to tobacco and yes even that wicked poison I don't like to use. If we didn't use something those ferocious devils would be setting up shop right in our house. Never seen so many as this year.

Growing up on a farm that did just that, organic gardening we can and do support that. I remember helping pitch manure in the manure spreader and spreading on the corn and bean fields every fall, to be ready for Spring Planting. Not too many farmers do that anymore, they all use chemicals, to kill the weeds and then to make it grow. If they don't use chemicals they don't get a decent crop or a decent price because the buyers don't like weeds in the grain. I had an uncle who did plant organically on 50 acres of his 150. It didn't last very long, not profitably. Sounds good in principle just not practical at least where he lived.

We try to use as little as possible of the roundup, weed killers, pesticides but sometimes that is the only thing left that will do the job. I don't know if the road department still sprays for weeds along all the roads but they sure use to so we are/were probably exposed whether we liked it or not. What ya gonna do when the termites come for you, they love wood especially here in Ga. Like Clark on the radio says. It's not IF you are going to get termites it is WHEN...So what ya gonna do? Darned if you do and Darned if you don't.. While living in California, when the invasion of the fruit fly arrived we had helicopters flying overhead spreading, pesticides. We were told to stay inside wonder what those chemicals did to our Units...

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