Bonnie shares her tale of Grazon damage:
I had been purchasing hay from the same seller for years. Then the manure and composted bedding from my goats, horses and cows caused the typical grazon damage. Talked with my hay guy, but it happened again even after I dug out all the bad compost in my 3 foot deep raised beds. Put in compost from the supposedly not sprayed hay and it happened again. Now, I have had to stop buying hay from this guy. I only buy hay that is has alfalfa in it or lots of clover. Love it if there are a few broadleaf weeds in there as do my goats. Heck even my rabbits manure was bad because I was feeding them the same hay. In one of my raised beds, that I didn’t dig out because it is 40 feet long 40 inches wide and 4 feet deep, I only planted brassicas for two years, I test planted some tomatoes and potatoes in it last year and it is fine. I grew corn in another possibly effected raised bed and last summer, I was happy to see that raised by infested by some broadleaf weeds. The areas around my hay feeders had become clear of broadleaf weeds, even smartweed. The weeds are coming back now. Pain in the backside.
If it hadn’t been for your articles, I would never have know what was wrong, the local Extension office told me it was drift from crops being sprayed but that didn’t explain why it kept happening every time I planted in that compost/soil. I also throw bean seeds in previously contaminated beds and if the beans grow okay, then I know the bed is okay to plant in.
It really feels like we’re living in a post-apocalyptic nightmare. It’s a combination of malevolence, Satanism, greed, and downright stupidity.
Grazon may be the worst destroyer of gardens in American history. It’s insidious, finding its way into hay, manure, compost and even potting soil mixes. The long-term damage it causes and the downstream effects are horrifying.
And I’m not surprised the local Extension wasn’t helpful. They didn’t have a clue when I called them years ago to ask about the weird symptoms I was seeing across my garden beds and perennial plantings.
They’re also paid NOT to see this sort of thing, as they are funded by the very entities that make big bucks off of poison farming.
It’s imperative that we stop trusting the mainstream sources and start building our own alternative networks. We need to produce our own chemical-free compost and encourage small farmers that refuse to give in to the evil corporatocracy.
Learn to compost everything, and be relentless about asking questions and sharing the truth.
Finally, don’t spray poison – and don’t go with girls that do.