Posted: 24/11/2014 at 23:49
Truly I commend Zara for her post. I do hope that she doesn't feel rebuked in anyway by the replies. I have to agree with most gardeners. Chemicals.uuugggghhh!
Might I recall my exams of years past. So the written papers were done and the practicals, then the oral. The examminer started off and I quickly followed. Sir says I. Chemicals and fertilizers. Here is my downfall. So Mr. Allen tell me please. In short, I am very apprehensive at using chemicals and fertilizers. So Mike, what do you do. well Sir, I read the label and take it from there. Mike you have been honest and not wasted my time. Good man. That was the final part of my gardening exam. Thankfully I passed first class. Even today, I am reluctant to use chemicals in the garden or green house. As Zara ointed out, there is the danger of causing more problems. Yes, I do at times resort to chemical sprays etc. I still read the label. I am a FLS, for flora and fauna so my concern is much. Also as a scientist might I add. The gardening/horticultural chemicals available tgo the public in short are quite harmless. Much of this has arrive via the EU. Did you know that a couple of years ago. The EU outlawed the use of soapy water as a pest control re: Aphids. From a scientific aspect. The botles and packs of this and that you fork out pounds for. In all honesty, the concentraste is so weak that you have to apply several times. To get hold of the real stuff. One has to prove identity etc.
So in the garden/backyard. A quick spray of blackfly killer wont do much harm.