A week ago I was saddened to see this video on Aminopyralid contaminated compost posted by gardener and YouTube personality Karen Land on her channel Love Your Land:
After posting that video, she found one of mine and dropped me a line. We corresponded back and forth about the danger of Aminopyralid and I asked her to write up her complete tale of herbicidal woe.
Tomorrow she shares her story here in an in-depth post you won’t want to miss.
On Saturday I got a comment from another gardener on my post More Victims of the Satanic Grazon Herbicide asking about a garden he mulched with hay he knew to contain the toxin:
“I have mulched and composted with hay that I absolutely knew was sprayed with Grazon and it didn’t affect anything so far as I could tell (I was ignorant and didn’t know any better). How did you trace the root cause problem to Grazon and not some other issue?”
The characteristic twisting of the new growth makes it obvious once you’ve seen it once. Aminopyralid inhibits the cell stacking function of the plant, causing fractal-like distortion. Some plants, like melons and greens, are a lot less susceptible. Others, like beans, tomatoes and eggplant are very sensitive. Grasses, such as corn, won’t show any problems at all.
I posted a video earlier this year showing a garden that had been partially wrecked by Aminopyralid-laced horse manure:
The terrifying thing about Aminopyralid – and its trademarked product Grazon – is that it’s now everywhere.
This is why I dedicate a decent portion of my book Compost Everything: The Good Guide to Extreme Composting warning gardeners of the danger and sharing the many ways in which this toxin can get into your garden and render the ground poisonous for years.
I sent a copy to Karen last week and she’s been enjoying the read thus far:
In a way, Aminopyralid launched my garden writing career. I couldn’t believe what had happened to my garden. I gave it what I thought was a great, organic amendment… and lost $1000 worth of plants and poisoned multiple beds. The story needed to be shared, so I did so in Natural Awakenings Magazine and at Mother Earth News and I have continued to cover it here and in my books.
Don’t let this happen to you.
And come back tomorrow – you need to read Karen’s article.