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Spraying the garden with round up
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Duke Black    Posted 03-05-2003 at 14:13:54       [Reply]  [No Email]
Has anyone ever use round up before planting The garden.Say it's to early to plant but the weeds start.Could you spray to kill the weeds wait then plant?I know you can ,but is it safe?

Greg    Posted 03-06-2003 at 17:22:50       [Reply]  [No Email]
I'd be concerned that the stuff ends up in your kid's liver accumulating until it bypasses the safe level that the chem company stated was safe.
Why take the gamble on human life.

There are available several machines designed for gardens such as Gravelly or Sears, that have cultivators to handle weed control. A sharp hand hoe can do a very quick job between plants and of course hand weeding is a great control as well.

kathy in illinois    Posted 03-06-2003 at 06:24:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Directions-schmirections! lots of directions said something was safe and years later, it is banned. I won't condemn someone for using it if they feel they must ( used some kind of powder to get cuke beetles under control last year, but this year I will make sure I pay more attention earlier to prevent the problem) anyway, if you MUST, you must I guess, but there are other ways to deal with unwanted growth. Depending on the size of the area, you could use black plastic, cardboard, newspaper, or even old plastic tarps to block the weed growth. If the area is too large, perhaps tilling every few weeks to kill emerging weeds (although that can be difficult depending on water conditions, and delay planting (I have been using a combination of plastic and newspaper for the last few years and it has really helped. For larger plants, I plant thru holes twice the diameter of the plant and cover that area with newspaper and mulch. For row crops, I plant, and allow the seedlings to get to about an inch or two tall, then carefully place newspaper and mulch to within 1 inch of the plants. The plastic and heavy mulch really help conserve moisture, and have really cut down on my annual "crop of weeds". For large scale planting where mulch is not an option, I guess the best thing is several tillings.

Kathy in Illinois

Gary, Mt. Hsrmon, La    Posted 03-06-2003 at 05:52:59       [Reply]  [No Email]
ugh, someone correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't RoundUp just a very highly concentrated fertilizer, and the killing effect is similar to applying too much Amonia to your garden plants when they begin to produce a crop.

Renee    Posted 03-05-2003 at 18:43:33       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Well, here goes my 2 cents.
In January, one morning I looked out to se the farmer in the field 15 ft from my house, spraying a clear liguid on his field. I thought what could they be spraying this time of year.

I'm very allergic to herbicids, pesticides, bleach, gas, just about any thing like that. (And people we are killing ourselves with all of these million dollar poisens.

But I thought well I'l be in the house, it probably won't hurt me. That evening went to a birthday party. Come home and my throat starts getting sore. I thoght,"I'll bet I picked up a bug at the party. Forgot all about the farmer, until a couple days later, my sinus's were all messed up and I got very sick, couldn't hardly talk for 2 weeks. Then I knew what had happened.

I asked a neighbor what it could be. He said it was Pre-emergence round-up. I told him that it made me sick. He said he knew what I meant, his wife also got sick. (The field joins his field also)


TomH    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:51:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
There are instructions on the label. Follow them and you'll be safe. I seem to recall something like wait 3 days before planting to avoid damage to the seedlings.

cowgirlj    Posted 03-05-2003 at 16:33:17       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I tried that once. It was along a fence line. I planted corn in the Spring, it came up stunted and unhealthy. I wouldn't recommend using Round Up. It is a nonselective weed killer. Try Weedex or something simular instead if you must spray. It kills only the plant matter that it touches when sprayed.

geo in MI    Posted 03-05-2003 at 14:55:58       [Reply]  [No Email]
I would only use RU on places where I'm not going to eat anything from the soil I spray--fencerows, edge of the property line woodlot, etc. . Seems to me it would be a waste of money, anyway, in a garden. Might kill off the first batch of weed seedlings in the first inch or so, but once you prepare the seedbed, or make furrows for planting, you disturb the soil and bring up more weed seeds. Then, you can't spray unless you want to kill your veggies, too. You can buy a lot of cheap cotton gloves for the price of a quart of Roundup. My garden is my health & fitness center.

I would rather rototill, then rake and prep the seedbed, then use a small row hoe and a light rototilling, then mulch in the areas like potatoes, cucumbers, squash, melons, etc. Nothing beats a small pointed hoe--besides you want to aereate most vegetable plants to help them get air to grow. Then, as soon as the crop is finished, till 'em under, and go for a cover crop--oats, rye, clover, buckwheat. Ain't too many shortcuts if you want good stuff to eat.

Randy    Posted 03-05-2003 at 14:32:03       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Duke Black, seems to me iffin I remember right it says you can spray and then plant several days later. Safety, I just can't believe something that so devastates the foliage can be that safe. But I think it's safer then lots of other stuff. I have a small mowing business and am trying to not do any chemicals anymore, just too concerned about my health. Just read that label real good.

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