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Re: Catching up

I think you'd probably need to research this on your own and decide for
yourself.  Then you could decide whether it is no big deal, that you'll
continue to use with caution, or you'll find a substitute amendment.  The
little bit I use, I use with reasonable caution.  If you ask me "Have you
ever used vermiculite?"  I'd reply, "Yes, but I didn't inhale."    Yes, I
realize particles can still find their way in, but I pretty much live a
philosophy of not getting too worked up over such things while still
behaving reasonably sensibly.  But that philosophy may be deemed to reckless
for others.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, July 07, 2004 12:39 AM
Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching up

> Kitty/anyone with info: I wasn't aware that exposure to asbestos was a
> matter of quantity...I thougth that even minute particles of the stuff,
> when inhaled into the respiratory system, can cause eventual problems.
> I'd really like to know, because I do use vermiculite several times a
> year when digging new beds...it is my favorite soil amendment for adding
> water-holding power to any type of soil.
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)
> "The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious."
> --Albert Einstein
>  --- On Tue 07/06, Kitty < kmrsy@comcast.net > wrote:
> From: Kitty [mailto: kmrsy@comcast.net]
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2004 13:59:42 -0500
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] Catching up
> Your puppy looks sweet Melody.<br>The info on vermiculite came out about
> a year or so ago, I believe. I don't<br>handle it in large enough
> quantities to worry about it myself.<br><br>Kitty<br><br>----- Original
> Message ----- <br>From: "Melody" <mhobertm@excite.com><br>To:
> <gardenchat@hort.net><br>Sent: Tuesday, July 06, 2004 5:55
> AM<br>Subject: [CHAT] Catching up<br><br><br>> Wow! Only away from the
> computer for 2 1/2 days and came back sunday<br>> night to 276 messages!
> Took me until just now to get through it all! :-)<br>> Took some new
> pictures last night for anyone interested:<br>><br>><br>>
>     http://photos.yahoo.com/mhobertm<br>><br>>
> You'll notice there is a new Daisy at our house, but she's not a
> flower<br>> obviously...she's a miniature Australian Shepherd that we
> got about a<br>> week ago! She's a doll!!! Only going to be about 18
> inches tall and<br>> about 35 pounds.<br>><br>><br>> In the pictures, I
> included some "before" shots from about 2 months ago<br>> so you can see
> how different parts of the garden are progressing! We've<br>> had some
> awesome rains in the past couple of weeks so everything is<br>> looking
> lush and full!<br>><br>><br>> In one of Kitty's posts, she mentioned
> vermiculite. I saw a news article<br>> last week that says the EPA has
> begun testing vermiculite and has found<br>> asbestos contamination at a
> level that worries them enough to recommend<br>> that people who use
> vermiculite in gardening should wear asbestos<br>> quality respirator
> masks when using it, should not shake off vermiculite<br>> dust inside
> the home from clothing, and should wash all articles of<br>> clothing
> immediately upon coming inside and taking them off, as well as<br>> good
> washing of skin that comes in contact with it. Has anyone else<br>>
> heard/seen/read anything about this?<br>><br>><br>> Hope you all had a
> most enjoyable 4th of July...ours was spectacular!!!<br>:-)<br>><br>>
> Melody, IA (Z 5/4)<br>><br>> "The most beautiful thing we can experience
> is the mysterious."<br>> --Albert Einstein<br>><br>> _______
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