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Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:34

OK take a look at this independant data for Clopyralid, the weed killer that is in your compost that is peat free. This is not sensationalism, its fact.



Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 06/10/2013 at 19:14

Fairy Girl...

I wrote to Jim on Beechgrove, and unlike some RHS folk he did write back. However as you can imagine  he can't give his own opinion, so they conduct tests. By this I mean that Beechgrove will bring in several different composts at the beginning of the season. (unbranded) But they tell you what's in them ie 50% peat, non peat, wood etc Then they plant into them and show you over several shows how they are performing.

At Harrogate the RHS chap told me that Peter seabrook was one of the main people who was anti municiple composting...however I have not been able to establish if this is true

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 13:59

Well done Paul.@chandbrush..too many jokers here commenting on a very serious topic.

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 18:26

As I have stressed below in my post ....Laugh and Joke at your peril...only a fool makes a joke about  a very serious subject being painted over by the establishment.

Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 02/10/2013 at 12:30

It's a sad fact that we are being kept in the dark about compost. I have no axe to grind with anyone. I just want to know what I am using is safe, and getting that answer is impossible. The government has invested a lot of money in these composting sites. They are trying like mad to not only to make a return on investment, but to get rid of the dam stuff.Many of the tests carried out are by government funded institutes..which says it all. Take a look at this link. It's against pesticides and it shows thir findings on clopyralid, the weed killer that is used on every lawn in the UK and carted off to be composted. You will notice that for cancer, liver disease and many life threatening illnesses there are no results. A failure by government to carry them out? I am not a green activist, but in my lifetime ( I'm and old git now!) have seen so many government projects that have been launched, that they have swarn are safe and unrelated to health issues, that over time have proved incorrect and people have suffered. Are these products with their residual chemicals really safe to grow food in? And we havent even touched on the heavymetal content which the government knows is a problem with mass composting.



Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 19:19

I may be mistaken but when making your own mixes most formulae call for compost. So are you happy using compost that contains council composted waste, given what goes into it?

If not which do you use and why?


Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 18:42

 Irrespective of using peat products or not, the green waste composting situation remains, with an industry constructed without fully understanding the implications of green waste composting, and while members may make their own mixes for growing there are millions of people who don't. There are also millions of pensioners that used to mix their own compost but because of their age have had to rely on garden centre composts. Is it fair that they don't know what they are buying, or what the mix consists of, because that in fact is what is happening

 Again it is only by chance that we don't have cattle waste in the mix as they do in other countries. Farmers use for 'Picloram' to kill thistles etc on rape seed or areas not intended for crops. When ingested by cattle the Picloram is still present in the waste. This has the same effect as Clopyralids in compost. When this stuff is sprayed onto fields it is invariably washed into the water course and ends up in streams and rivers. But no one mentions what effect this has on wildlife, fish stocks  etc.

Water butts. If you consider compost  dodgey I am sure you will agree that the composted mix from green waste sites should be controlled properly. If this information is all new to you, you should consider that I have been passed from pillar to post trying to get to the bottom of the question,'Is composted waste safe to use?' for a few years now.

Ask yourself why this has not been reported in the general gardening community, and why have the concerns not been headline reading in gardening magasines.








Blight Can I re-use the Grow Bag?

Posted: 01/10/2013 at 15:28

I top dress my lawn with my old bags

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