Take a moment to watch this clip….
That video was rumbling around in my head last night while I was sitting next to the produce department @ Walmart waiting for my wife.
All of those beautiful, multicolored, textured, near perfect vegetables….covered with toxic chemical.
Chlorpropham: Chlorpropham is moderately toxic by ingestion (2). It may cause irritation of the eyes or skin (2). Symptoms of poisoning in laboratory animals have included listlessness, incoordination, nose bleeds, protruding eyes, bloody tears, difficulty in breathing, prostration, inability to urinate, high fevers, and death. Autopsies of animals have shown inflammation of the stomach and intestinal lining, congestion of the brain, lungs and other organs, and degenerative changes in the kidneys and liver (2)
check out this link if you want to read up more on Chlorpropham
That 2 minute utube clip also re-lit a fire in me to grow our own potatoes.
A year ago, I asked my neighbor Janelle (who happens to be a Master Gardener) if she had any “tips” on gardening….
Two words ….
I have to confess I never pursued her suggestion…until now…after watching that 2 minute video clip on “Bud nip” and chlorpropham I am now motivated to revisit Janelle’s suggestion to check out Ruth Stout and her approach to gardening….
Last year, Steve dropped off 2 cardboard boxes stacked with back issues of “Organic Gardening magazine. They dated back to the late 1960’s.
To my delight last night I discovered 11 of those issues had articles penned by Ruth Stout herself…
Yesterday afternoon, I called our local library to see if they had anything written by Ruth Stout.
I then called Barnes and Knoble thinking I could pick something up there…struck out again.. While I was able to order her book on line, it is not readily available.
I’m going to close by posting a portion of her article in the January 1967 issue…
“Some 20 years ago or so ago, I suddenly thought to myself one morning: “Why does a garden plot have to be plowed?” And since I couldn’t think up a good answer to that question, I abandoned the idea of having it done. My patch was more or less covered with leaves, which I had dumped on it the previous fall, and which – I had thought – would be turned under in the spring. Well, I left the leaves on the plot and discoverd that they kept the ground moist and soft and outwitted weed seeds.
And so, in the above casual way, I found out that if you just give your soil a year – round undisturbed mulch, you need never again plow, hoe, water your plants, cultivate, pull weeds, or bother with fertilizer. I also discontinued using insecticides, not because I figured this new system would probably outwit all bugs, but because I loathed the job so much, and I decided to skipping it. Thus I became an organic gardener without knowing – at that time – – there was such a creature.
The local farmers and gardeners laughed at my ideas at first, then gradually began to emulate me. Years passed and I finally wrote a book, plus many articles, describing my method of growing things. Then I wrote another gardening book. Letters from gardeners in regard to my mulch system had long since been arriving almost daily, and many visitors have come here to get a first hand look -to date over 2,300 of them from every state and quite a few from Canada.
Naturally, the merchants who sold fertilizers and plows and so on weren’t in sympathy with my ideas of gardening……”
Have you ever heard of Ruth Stout before or used some of her suggestions?If so, what did you think?
Would any you be interested in me posting more excerpts of her articles from these old magazines?