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Why I will never Use peat free compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 10:55

.....and possibly sieving it is more likely to make an aerosol containing pathogens?

 Motherbear, ask your nursery if he will sell you some pro compost.I have been using Levington M3.  It was a revelation after all the other stuff I have been using for the past two years, including the levington multipurpose in red bags sold by garden centres.I know someone who buys it by the palletload, and sells me some.

 Allotment associations can buy this by the palletlload too.

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 04/10/2013 at 10:47

95%of peat extracted in Ireland is burnt in power stations. I doubt that any British government is going to stop that.  Even if an "Environmental tax"  of £1 a bag is put on imported peat products, I would rather pay that than spend hours sieving rubbish, as I did with some Lidl compost this year.

What fruit is this?

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 21:56

That looks like it daintiness.

Good Evening FORKERS

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 21:53

What fruit is this?

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 19:09

Most of the gourd family are bitter though. The cucamelon is about the same size as that.

What fruit is this?

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 19:07

There is a member of the squash family called an apple gourd, that in australia grows wild on odd patches of ground like central reservations.

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 19:02

I think you have to eat it to get mad cow disease.

Anthrax forms spores which can be inhaled.  There was an outbreak last year amongst heroin users. Something nasty was being used to  cut the neat heroin. They were then injecting it or smoking it. Five people died even though it can be treated with antibiotics if caught early enough.

What fruit is this?

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 18:54

What do the leaves look like?

Legionnaires desease in compost

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 18:45

It would help if the composts that had L. longbeachia were identified. As it is, all are suspected. It is like saying there is horsemeat in some burgers, and then not identifying which supermarket or product.

Were these made from Peat,bark, coir, or recycled  green waste?

Australian products have warnings on, but have a different composition, they have more sawdust in, which apparently is more likely to harbour the pathogens.

Wouldn't  it be better if any suspect materials were sterilised before packaging?

Bonemeal is usually sterilised before being packaged for garden use, because of the possibility of anthrax being passed on.

Should all horticulturalists be qualified? College investigation

Posted: 03/10/2013 at 17:38

If they have to belong to a trade body, before they can practise, then you turn  a trade into a profession. I can only see the point of this if it protects the general public in some way. For instance, gas fitters have to be trained and qualified and on the gas safe register. It is against the law to install a gas boiler unless you are qualified and on the gas safe register. This protects the public from Bodgit and scarper unlimited.

 I cannot see how horticulturists would need a trade body that they would have to belong to,in order to be able to carry out their trade.

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