thanks for your input. When I did this test, I had
them all in one area with the same environmental conditions. Who knows, maybe a
micro-climate or something existed.
I too, am very hesitant when it comes to out-side
sources of compost. Right now I am working on the counties IPM project. Our
local sources that take curbside material and turn it into compost try to assure
me that they check for contaminates. Of course they mention the larger things
like plastic bottles, cans etc. When I question about the things we
can not see with the naked eye they steer away from a concrete
I know we have concerns with reducing green waste
but until the public really learns about what does and does not go into the
barrel I am at a loss as to recommending it.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 10:23
Subject: [cg] Re: Community garden
nutrient inputs (Deborah Mills)
successful seed germ encompasses a lot of factors, temperature, humidity,
light or lack of light, age of seed, storage and treatment of seed, even the
imperceptible factors like slight drying on the edges of the tray, slight
light leaks if darkness is required, temperature variations, etc. Then there
are the possible pathogens in the soil/germ mix. each species of seed will
require a slightly different treatment for optimum germination. As far as
tests for pesticides, I don't know of any, and typically the residual effect
of present day pesticides is pretty short. I think the advice given about
recycling/composting within your garden, knowing the source is always the best
- on all levels.
Lisa in Mpls.
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