Primary Earth-friendly Gardening Tenents:

*Tolerate minimal damage to plants and lawn from pests. *Build and maintain healthy soil by using compost and natural soil amendments. *Use chemicals as a last resort. *Use native plants when possible. They are adapted to the climate, soil and area pests. *Attract Beneficial Insects to increase pollination and decrease harmful pests. *Conserve water by using responsible watering methods.

Monday, February 6, 2012

glyphosate, really?

I have been following the local native plant society.

Recently a question was posted about how to handle a specific seasonal weed. Quite energetically a reply popped up recommending the application of glyphosate (RoundUp) as a first step. Wow.

Apparently the concept of  IPM (both Integrated Pest Management and the Herbicide Resistance Weed Conservation Plan) have not been introduced here in Indiana yet.

I am beginning to get afraid to plant anything edible in the soil here.

I don't know about you, but I was a little pissed a couple years ago when I ended up with glyphosate contaminated "organic compost."