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hello all,

can anyone tell me if it is safe to eat crops from plants that have been sprayed with insecticides, before the crops were produced please?

it isnt clear on the label...says harmfull to the environment, but does not state if harmfull to us...growing crops for the kids,  please help 

I'm no expert and happy to be wrong but most of the stuff we buy in supermarkets is sprayed with insecticides before harvesting and arriving at our door. 

What is the spray you are concerned about?



The fact that "most of the stuff we buy in supermarkets is sprayed with insecticides befosre harvesting and arriving at our door" is one of the reasons I prefer to eat what I've grown myself - then I know it's not been sprayed.

Sprays that are designed to be used on vegetables should have details on the pack of how long after spraying you should leave them before harvesting.

If you can't find it, try Googling the brand you used. 


and think before you spray with anything that's harmful to the environment. You are part of the environment.


I agree with Nutcutlet; why would you even buy a chemical that is harmful to the environment?  And what are you spraying against?



i have Roseclear... and i want to keep my pumpkins and tomatoes pest-free...i had some green aphids on the pumpkins, and have squished them between my fingers so far, was just curious if they could be sprayed.

I love the environment,and would not harm it if can be helped. i bought Roseclear as it was recommended to me by other gardening friends...

thank you for all your replies, they have been helpfull 


to Dovefromabove,

how do you keep your crops pest-free? i would love to be able to do this without spraying   


The biggest pest in my veg garden at the moment is our neighbour's cat whose digging is damaging my runner bean seedlings.  

I can honestly say that we haven't had a problem with pests in this garden - we encourage wildlife and have lots of bluetits and hedgehogs visiting.  If we get aphids on the roses I just brush them off with my fingers - that removes most of them but leaves some for the ladybirds and bluetits.  In the past I've also sprayed with a solution of Ecover washing up liquid and water which seems to deter them, but I'm not fanatical about removing every one - unless we leave some food for the predators we'll lose them and then the aphids etc will take over!

I also don't use slug pellets - and we don't get much damage at all.  We have big orange slugs and I leave them alone as they only eat rotting vegetation and smaller slugs.  What with them, the birds and the hoggies we seem to have achieved a balance.  

I collect snails wherever I see them and put them in plastic flowerpots placed on on their side in shady corners with a bit of lettuce or similar - the snails stay put for a while and the hedgehogs know where to find them 

A member of my family is huge vegetable producer for the big supermarkets - even the most environmentally concious of them use pesticides unless they are Certified Organic as they cannot produce the quality the public has grown used to without.  Supermarkets get complaints if a customer finds a caterpillar on a cabbage  whereas I would regard it as evidence that the cabbage hadn't been doused in pesticide 

I also try not to over-feed the plants - soft growth is so susceptible to pests and disease.

In my small garden I cannot be self sufficient, but I grow what I hope I can grow well without the use of pesticides.

i never spray any food or fruit.  for the summer at least I can healthy pesticide-free produce


I might try buying some ladybirds or ladybird larvae - just to see what happens 


i am trying to acheive the same as you Dove, i sometimes find a frog in the garden but we never have hedgehogs dont know why


As I've said, I don't use Roseclear or anything like it - but there's no way I'd use it on fruit or veg -  Roseclear blurb states that it is for use on ornamental plants - that is not fruit and veg!!!  Goodness knows how long it remains in the plant but for heaven's sake don't eat anything you've sprayed with it!!!


For goodness sake lay off the poisons


I don't use sprays in the garden. last year I seemed to get a balance and with plenty of ladybirds very little aphid trouble.

However this year I have only seen a couple of ladybirds, I have greenfly, white fly everywhere, I did see a hover fly today but the only one.

Where have my beneficial insects gone? Any ideas?


i haven't got them honest



It's been late warming up, and we did have a rotten summer last year.  

little-ann wrote (see)

i am trying to acheive the same as you Dove, i sometimes find a frog in the garden but we never have hedgehogs dont know why

Can hedgehogs get in and out of your garden little-ann?  It's amazing how nowadays gardens have impenetrable fences so hedgehogs can't get about from garden to garden - hedgehogs need quite a large territory and need to be able  to meet up with other hedgehogs for all that noisy canoodling   - we have a little Hedgehog Gate cut in the bottom of our back fence and they come in and out of there 

I don't use any sprays apart from home made remedies. Birds are encouraged into the garden and we seem to have reached a happy compromise this year, the veg they can't have is all netted although cabbage white butterflies have squeezed through the netting which is a pain. 

Last year there were at least 4 different varieties of bee's in the garden, which I thought quite respectable for a small plot. I confess to using slug pellets but not in huge quantities. My worst problem this year, to date are lilly beetles. There are lots of spiders, woodlice and worms this year but not many ladybirds. I only learnt last year what their larvae looked like so may have squashed a few ., was quite suprised at how different they look to ladybirds but then caterpillars don't look much like butterflies             


This would apply to every foodstuff that is produced, and is scare-mongering over-the-top Daily Mail talk.  Back it up with facts, please.

Sorry to say -but this has all got a bit preachy-the question was about pesticides -that has now turned into a more emotive word called poisons,

Now one should feel guilty about protecting their crop with whatever means they like but is is all about moderation and following instructions

Roseclear is for roses not vegetables-the clue is in the name

As for PTLanscape-nice advert by the way-that clearly is a load of old nonsense-surprised you have made it this far-presumably you drive and operate machinery in your work-chucking out a few fumes??

A bit of proportion is needed-too much scaremongering-no facts


when i went to check round this morning most of the greenfly have gone