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 Post subject: Picloram tested plants
PostPosted: Tue Apr 01, 2003 1:15 pm 
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Hey--you know how Howard is always saying that to test for picloram, you make a tea out of the suspect material & water a peanut plant w/ it?? Well, does anyone (and you can answer too, Howard) know what we're supposed to do w/ that peanut plant if the tea ended up having picloram in it??? We can't compost it & probably shouldn't send it to the landfill--should we take it to Environmental Waste for disposal or what?? Any info or suggestions welcome. Thanks


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 Post subject: Picloram Issue
PostPosted: Tue Apr 22, 2003 8:21 am 
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It is my understanding, from a talk which Malcolm Beck gave at the Organic Gardening Show in Arlington last January, that it is possible to neutralize picloram if you get your compost hot enough and have it in there long enough. I have not tried this yet myself, but I plan to.

If you want me to test it out, I'll take the tainted plant from you, along with any of the other contaminated stuff. I really enjoy experimenting with things.

I'm in the middle of moving (I just got married) and preparing for a garage sale, but would have time to get it from you after May 6th.

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 Post subject: Picloram reply
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2003 2:59 pm 
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Thanks, Organic1, but it was more of a theoretical question than a currently necessary one. Fortunately, I've not had to test any of my compost or manure products, but I'll keep your reply in mind if nec. Good luck w/ your move & congrats on your marriage!


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 Post subject: What is piloram
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2003 3:41 pm 
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I have never heard of piloram. What does it do?

thank you

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 Post subject: Picloram
PostPosted: Fri Apr 25, 2003 3:44 pm 
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If you'll check under Search in this website, you'll find out everything you need to know re picloram. It's non-organic, nasty, doesn't EVER break down in composting & is the bane of all organic gardeners. Avoid it like the plague!


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 Post subject: Thanks
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Ididn't even think about searching.

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