Your roses are struggling and you just want to spray something. But just what do the many lettered chemicals listed on the back of the can actually do to plants and insects and people?
“Grow Smart, Grow Safe” is a new app to help consumers navigate the pesticide and herbicide aisles of your local gardening supply store and choose a safer product.
Herbicides, fungicides and pesticides have sales in the billions. Tons are regularly applied to lawns and gardens. A Dry Rain is an organic gardening concern, but we understand that many gardeners are not, yet. If you are going to use these products, Grow Smart, Grow Safe, will help you determine the impact they actually have on the environment and on your family.
Metro, the elected regional government for the Portland, Oregon metropolitan area, the Local Hazardous Waste Management Program in King County, Seattle, WA and Thurston County Environmental Health, in Olympia, WA. developed “Grow Smart, Grow Safe.” They have a website as well.
Marty Wingate headed over to the aisles at Greenwood Hardware to talk about this tool with King County’s Mary Rabourn (full disclosure, she is also Greg Rabourn’s spouse.)
Then, Willi Galloway answers a listener’s request for tips on growing lettuce in the summer.
For a great source of information about gardening, check out The Seattle Tilth Garden Hotline at 206 633-0224 The folks who answer know a lot about about products, pesticides, organic alternatives and plants.
We always welcome your questions. Ask at firstname.lastname@example.org
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A Dry Rain gardening Podcast is:
Willie Galloway, @digginfood, digginfood.com
Greg Rabourn, Native Plant Specialist, King County.
Marty Wingate, @martywingate. martywingate.com
Steve Scher, Facebook Twitter,
Greg’s Vashon Island Friend Daryl Redeker provides the music.