Re: Smoking / Burmuda Grass
This is the reason we don't allow smoking at my community garden --
especially because I grow out rare Solanums for Seed Savers Exchange. Many
of the things I grow AREN'T resistant to tobacco mosaic virus (or we don't
know and I really don't want to lose rare plants finding out) so a smoker
could wipe out significant crops and we'd lose the seed.
Tobacco use in a garden can spread tobacco virus to members of the Solanum
family, tomatoes, egplants, peppers, potatoes, etc.
If folks are growing heirloom tomatoes, they have a legitimate reason to
ask others not to smoke around growing areas. If you *must* have a place
for folks to smoke, make sure that it is downwind of crop areas and
preferably with a nice hedge or tall flowering plants around it that will
keep the smoke out of growing areas.
I second solarizing the Bermuda grass -- use this nasty heat and humidity
to your advantage!
Dorene Pasekoff, Coordinator
St. John's United Church of Christ Organic Community Garden
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St. John's United Church of Christ, 315 Gay Street, Phoenixville, PA 19460
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