Happy Monday everyone.
Today’s post is all about WEEDS
I know weeds have value, but some weeds will take over and ruin the garden or lawn.
Recently – Judy@NewEnglandGarden and Thread shared how pervasive weeds can be:
“What have I learned these past couple of weeks that I can pass along? If you pay for the plant, it’s got a 50% chance of survival, while the multitude of weeds will prosper and multiply.”
Priorhouse Question: How can we remove weeds without using harsh chemicals?
Answer: So many common weeds can be gently removed by hand, by using hot water, vinegar, or even corn meal. The Spruce has five tips HERE –
PREVENTION also helps – like by using mulch, ground cover plants, etc
Before we spray harsh chemicals- maybe we need to know more about what we are using!
- The scary thing today is the over use of glyphosate herbicide, which is found in Roundup.
- The other scary thing is the ignorance or a blasé attitude regarding using toxic chemicals. I am not just talking about chemicals in weed killer – because there are chemicals in some foods, in health and beauty products, in carpets, in stupid plug-in air fresheners, etc. However, this post is about not using harsh chemicals on lawns or in the home garden – so let us get back to that.
- I know someone who used Roundup weedkiller aggressively on his lawn and he recently died of leukemia. I gave his widow information about a class action lawsuit because of the known connection between Roundup and leukemia – and she seemed to blow it off. That is fine, and hey – everyone needs space when coping with loss and when grieving and in shock – also, his cancer was likely related to a combination of factors – as most cancers are – but too often, people are oblivious to how VERY dangerous some chemicals can be – or they are blasé and stay ignorant.
- I wish I had a conversation with my neighbor about eight years ago, when I first saw him using Roundup. He started using it more and more. I just didn’t feel it was my place to say anything (when normally I find it easy to just mention a tip – or “seed drop” an idea) – but for some reason, I didn’t feel led to speak to him about it.
- I have decided that I will speak up more about the dangers of Roundup and other harsh chemicals. Part of my speaking up is what led to this post. I also try to have a smooth delivery. For example, recently I saw someone with ROUNDUP in their shopping cart and I went over and quickly mentioned that they might want to research the dangers of the product they were buying. They said they would research it. I walked away and it took effort on my part to speak to them – sigh – because I surely didn’t feel like saying anything – but I put my discomfort aside because I care. I also know the power of “seed dropping” an idea.
- Too often we humans assume if a product is allowed to be sold in a store, then it must be okay to use. Nope. Not so. Roundup is sold in a white bottle and seems all innocent on the end of an aisle –
–however – this “roundup” stuff is a poison- it is dangerous and has been associated with many problems for humans and the environment. We might not be able to get away from all chemicals – but the overall chemical burden CAN be lowered if we make a few smart choices.
- Also, even if you don’t care about “your” exposure – you could be putting others at risk because they will be exposed to your chemical use.So I encourage everyone to do a little research on products and at least stay open to learning about the dangers of FDA’s allowed chemicals that we are too quick to assume are safe!
- And especially let’s pause before we access, and then use, the easy-to-buy weed killers. Let’s think before we are so quick to spray!
Dr Zach Bush (here) has a great article about glyphosate – and here are a few takeaways:
- It is now estimated that we spray more than 4.5 billion pounds of glyphosate (the active ingredient in Roundup) into the soils, plants, and water systems of our planet. Not surprisingly, the diseases in our domesticated animals – from pets to livestock – have followed a similar trajectory.
- Zach noted this: IT’S OUR EMPOWERED DUTY TO EDUCATE OURSELVES REGARDING OUR FOOD AND HEALTH, AND SHIFT OUR ROLE IN THE CONSUMPTION OF THIS PLANETS NATURAL RESOURCES.
- Dr. Zach Bush Glyphosphate Post is here: or cut and paste this link: https://zachbushmd.com/gmo/glyphosate-toxins/
Closing Comics (with a chemical/science theme – ha)