Do you use chemicals in your garden? Why?

@cmauthe1 (267)
Canada
March 17, 2009 3:46pm CST
I would like to know the rationale of those gardeners who use chemicals in their gardens. I personally use no chemicals of any kind - ever! My goal is to provide healthy food for my family. If I were to use chemicals, I might as well be buying my food from Safeway, or wherever. There are many ways to keep a healthy garden without chemicals. Companion planting, natural bug killers (like Neem Oil), etc. Compost is a great way to have good garden soil. Granted, it does take more effort to grow a garden this way (time spent weeding, picking off bugs, etc), but I just can't justify poisoning my food/soil. What do you think?
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@benny128 (3621)
17 Mar 09
only chemical i use is h2o lol, I personally grow a few plants and veg to eat as it gets the kids involved in nature we also have a worm farm and frog spawn. Its all about getting back to nature so we dont take what we find in a super market for granted.
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@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
17 Mar 09
That is awesome! Just what I wanted to hear... it is vital that our kids know that veggies grow in the garden, not in the grocery store! Kids can be the catalyst this world needs to heal. They are the future and must be taught that there is a better way. The worm farm and frog spawn are also excellent ideas. Did you know that frogs are the easiest way to know if an area is healthy? Unfortunately, amphibians are the first critters to be affected by pollution (they absorb it all through their skins). I agree that it's all about getting back to nature. We as a society have strayed so far from our humble (healthier) beginnings. I want to go back and it sounds like I'm not the only one... thank goodness.
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@benny128 (3621)
17 Mar 09
well its not just good but its fun and everything should be fun, we dont grow alot as dont have a huge garden but what we do grow tastes alot nicer than what you buy in the super market. Especially the tomatoes awesome.
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@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
17 Mar 09
Hey Benny - I agree that stuff tastes better straight from the garden. When my kids were small, they got a huge kick out of eating veggies raw from the garden - just wash off with hose and YUM! It's interesting that you should say tomatoes... I recently read that over time, large agricultural producers bred plants to produce "more uniform fruit/veg, keep longer in transport" kind of produce. The result is, for example, tomatoes have lost alot of flavour and nutrients. All because big business makes more money growing veg that all looks the same, stores better, etc. Guess flavour and nutrients aren't what matters - the almighty buck rears it's ugly head again.
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@iridium (436)
22 Mar 09
if i didn't there would be no point trying to grow anything. the slugs would eat the lot. mind you pretty much all i do use it slug pellets and fertilizer. But then i studied chemistry so i would like chemicals. my standard response to most things is some form of chemistry, Neem oil contains chemicals. natural bug killer and companion planting is still using chemicals. not all natural things are safe and not all artificial is dangerous
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@iridium (436)
23 Mar 09
your choice. i prefer the chemicals i know and understand to the mixtures of 100s of unidentified compounds that are in every plant.
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@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
23 Mar 09
Your choice too. But what is so frightening to me is that your attitude is what got the earth into this freaking problem in the first place! Read the responses from others before you and you'll see that I'm not the only person who feels this way. Thanks for your response and Happy Mylotting.
@iridium (436)
23 Mar 09
oh i know you're not alone. I'm well aware that a lot of people without a scientific education prefer the devil they know rather than a list of unintelligible chemical names. Read the list of what organic farmers CAN use and it involves far worse chemicals than a touch of NPK fertiliser. I agree industrial agriculture does over use chemicals but that's not really what we're talking about here. I also don't think that the earth is in a 'fraking problem'.
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@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
20 Mar 09
No! No chemicles! It wouldn't help us at all. We want to encourage the bees and other beneficial bugs, not kill them. And I don't much like chomping on a chemicle covered tomato. We do companion gardening, we love compost, and for pests we don't somehow get..we're hoping to get chickens to feed them to xD We're really concerned, 'cause we just got this scrap of land and the previous owners were big believers in chemicles. We're hoping that the compost will improve the health of the soil.
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@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
20 Mar 09
I'm with you! I am trying my hardest to have plants that attract bees, hummingbirds, butterfles, etc to my property. I think that chemical/pesticide use is what's causing colony collapse in bees all over north america. How frightening! Chickens are an excellent idea for natural bug control, also they taste really good when they have been allowed to browse on "real" food. Compost will definitely help nourish your soil, but I don't know what to suggest to rid it of previous owners chemicals... time is probably the only solution. Different types of manure, maybe a little lime, compost and let nature take it's course. The main thing is you are not using them. Don't give up! It will be worth all of your effort!
• United States
21 Mar 09
I believe that the increased use of GMO crops in industrial farms are encouraging the trend of increased herbicide/pesticide use...and that that's what's all causing CCD in bees =o so I'm with you, it's very scary! I'm willing to be a little paranoid for the bees' sakes. Yeah, 'sides, there's nothin' better than happy little lady birds running around the yard =) Yeah, that's what I figure too -- time and work, and never giving up's the answer.
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@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
23 Mar 09
Thanks for your support and understanding what I am trying to accomplish. I don't understand the mentality that believes what is manmade is better than what is natural (read the response after yours). How sad...
@katsalot1 (1619)
25 Mar 09
I could never justify using chemicals in the garden! I agree it is just poisoning the soil, and everything that lives in it and off it. Even so called 'friendly' chemicals are going to kill off some things. I prefer to take preventative action, and encourage a diversity of wildlife.
@cmauthe1 (267)
• Canada
26 Mar 09
I can't justify it either. To me, it defeats the whole purpose of growing my own food! I prefer to know that what I am feeding my family doesn't have unnecessary toxins and chemicals. Otherwise, I might as well buy my food at the grocery store. I appreciate your response, Happy myLotting!
@JoyfulOne (6242)
• United States
18 Mar 09
I don't use any chemicals in my gardens, or even in my yard. I just don't like the idea of polluting the earth with chemicals that might find their way down to the water table. I don't like the thought of my family eating vegetables that was treated with anything that isn't natural. There are enough tried and true natural remedies for those problems in the garden. I do companion planting too, it just makes good garden sense lol. You're right, it does take more effort to garden this way...but the results and peace of mind are well worth it!
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