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Re: Re: Community garden nutrient inputs (Deborah Mills)

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re: Community garden nutrient inputs (Deborah Mills)
  • From: "Deborah Mills" deborah@greencure.org
  • Date: Sun, 26 Jan 2003 11:10:23 -0800

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 answer. 
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.
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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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