Posted: 29/04/2013 at 08:22
Verdun, I agree with your comment on 'bullying'. On a couple of the responses I could sense an undercurrent of hostility that can drive those who are not as passionate about the use of garden chemicals into keeping shtum for fear of getting into an argument. I was a bit upset that my attempt at offering help got a reaction that I didn't expect from boarders whose gardening contributions I have great respect for,
In response to my giving advice to use Vine Weevil Killer, Berghill's response was:"If you are not into killing bees by using Neonicotinoids.." which has the clear implication that I AM 'into' killing bees, and I did find that rather offensive.
And Dovefromabove started his/her response with " I'm sorry but...." which is just a tad less patronising than "with all due respect...".
I would have thought that a prime purpose of this forum is to giving advice on dealing with gardening problems. Many gardeners are organic, but many more are not, and not all of those who do use garden chemicals should be regarded as just ignorant and in need of a lecture, or irresponsible.
I once had an allotment and on one side of me was an 85 year old woman fighting a losing battle with masses of bindweed because the guy next to her kept banging on that she mustn't use glyphosate. Half of his allotment was covered with sheets of black plastic and old rubber backed carpet. A neighbour had a lovely acer in her garden being killed by scale insects, and the only solution was Provado Ultimate Bug Killer. And what do you do if you have Ground Elder or japanese Knotweed.
Organic boarders who read a suggested solution involving chemicals can surely offer a comment such as:
"If you want an organic solution then you could....."
"I am worried about the effect that neonicotoids (may) have on bees so I.....), but to go beyond that and directly challenge another boarder's gardening principles is verging on bullying, and the expression 'high horse' comes to mind.