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PostSubject: Flower and plant safety...   Sun Oct 30, 2011 9:12 am

So sorry if I haven't posted this in the correct place.

I have been noticing a lot of people (on GC) that have been asking about safe plants/trees/flowers for their gliders. We caution those people who want to feed dandelions and other things from their yard about making sure there are no pesticides and/or chemicals used in treating these things. What is the rule of thumb here about prior treatment and feeding?? For instance, let's say you treated your rose bushes this summer. Could you feed the rose hips the following summer without issue? What about if you sprayed your dandelions this summer? When they come up next summer, are they safe?
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PostSubject: Re: Flower and plant safety...   Wed Nov 02, 2011 7:55 am

I'm not sure that there IS a written rule of thumb, but this is what has always been shared with me in gardening circles:

If you don't know if they have been treated, go TWO growing seasons before assuming anything is safe.

When I moved into my house in Michigan, I was super excited that we had some fruit trees and I was a gardening fool up there. Had a veggie garden, a few fruit trees, a few fruit bushes (grapes and blue berry) and two beautiful flower gardens. However, I waited two years before I fed any of these things to my animals because I did not know if the previous owners had treated them with anything.

There are all natural pesticides and fertilizers that one can use of you have a huge pestilence problem.

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PostSubject: Re: Flower and plant safety...   Sun Nov 06, 2011 10:54 am

Thanks, Val!!
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