A Deadly Old School Farming Technique

| 4/25/2016 9:34:00 AM

Tags: Pesticides, Insecticides, Lubber grasshoppers, Vintage farming, Old farming methods, Arsenic, Ginny Mink,

Ginny Minkspray
Check your pesticides.

I live in a small town that is replete with a significant farming community. Our downtown is a plethora of antique shops and little boutiques. On one sweltering (Florida is hot) spring day, I happened upon an antique shop with a little section reserved for old books. Herein lies, perhaps, my greatest weakness: books!

While examining all the seemingly ancient titles, I discovered a book by Charles Torrey Simpson. It was entitled Ornamental Gardening in Florida, and was self-published in 1926. Since that discovery, I’ve been doing a series for our local Ag magazine.

The series is called: The Literary Time Machine.

In the midst of crafting those articles I found some discrepancies in his gardening advice. Namely, some of his fertilizer and insecticide recommendations have been outlawed due to their deadly nature. One particular piece of advice caught my attention.

Paris Green

5/14/2016 9:21:57 AM

Ginny, welcome to the GRIT blogging community. It's a fascinating place to exchange ideas and share experiences. Your first blog post is a great one. The history of the apple use of arsenic was great information. Arsenic was used in wood preservation for many years as well but has also been banned for that use. I have to wonder those if the chemicals that are used today are any safer. It may just take longer for symptoms to occur or may just cause subtle health issues. ***** Good luck with your business and craft endeavors. ***** Thanks for deciding to be a GRIT blogger. I hope to see more of your blogs in the future. Have a great Florida day.

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