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frost on pallets

We're on two weeks holiday at home - working in our garden and the bottom third of our neighbour's - he said we can use his land. You can see that we still haven't dealt with all the begonias - they keep getting frozen. The soil is heavy clay and is like walking on thick grease when it's wet. The advantage of the frozen soil is that it's quite pleasant to walk on!

My husband managed to treat more pallets and stakes with fence preserver and we've now erected three more enclosures for storing empty tiered baskets, etc.

Despite the short daylight we've been able to work outside for 9 hours or more - with the aid of our headlamps! We keep having quick snacks of soup in a Thermos flask to keep us going and work through until 7pm. The neighbours are used to us now!

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It is never pleasant working outdoor in the winter months, but still has to be done at least you have your soup to keep you going. Hope you get it done..

3 Dec, 2008


Please be careful.

"My husband managed to treat more pallets and stakes with fence preserver."

That stuff can have long standing consequences on your health.

7 Dec, 2008


Hopefully, whatever we buy has been subjected to rigorous checks. We have such strict European legislation governing garden products - there aren't many things we can use now.

7 Dec, 2008


I remain on the cautious side, as it is I who have to install these items. I just had to reinforce a deck with wood I painted with Jasco. Not too many heavy warnings on the product, but my nose and common sense said others.

It is very much like Heptachlor. As a nurseryman, I always had a healthy and cautious respect for the insecticides and weed killers. Less so for other things -- only later to find out about the dangers of fungicides, rooting powder and so many other things.

Sometimes we get away with things, sometimes not. Malathion has a low dermal toxicity level. The organic Nicotine sulfate high. I suspect I could have an accident with the former and not even feel an effect. I would be dead with the other. The rub is this, Malathion stays in your fat tissue and NEVER leaves. One day you might be spraying with it, and bang on that exposure you cross the threshold. It's off to the hospital!

My last caution. The labeling may show that percentage of the 'active' chemical and shows the rest as 'inert" or carrying oils. They are not required to detail what might be in those inert carrying oils. Many dioxins have often been included in these.

It has been my experience that MOST gardeners have misused or abused the use of chemicals. The casual and cavalier advertising by the chemical companies encourages this.

7 Dec, 2008

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