Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies

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Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies

La Plata County conducting workshop to assess situation
Brian Petrie, left, and Gabe Eggers with Twin Buttes Gardens have spent a lot of time and effort to avoid the herbicide contamination that many backyard gardeners are dealing with in La Plata County. Eggers says the nursery, off U.S. Highway 160 west, quit using manure years ago in an effort to reduce contamination from herbicides used to eradicate Canada thistle. The herbicide doesn’t break down easily and attacks all broadleaf plants such as tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.
Stacey Carlson and Chad Goodale with Twin Buttes Gardens transplant vegetables into an organic potting mix the nursery is using to assure it is not contaminated with herbicides used to attack Canada thistle.
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Darrin Parmenter, horticulturist with Colorado State University Cooperative Extension in Durango, will present a workshop at 8:30 a.m. today about the effects of herbicides on garden plants. The workshop is open to the public and will be held in the meeting room at the La Plata County Courthouse, 1060 East Second Ave.

Herbicides play havoc with favorite veggies

Brian Petrie, left, and Gabe Eggers with Twin Buttes Gardens have spent a lot of time and effort to avoid the herbicide contamination that many backyard gardeners are dealing with in La Plata County. Eggers says the nursery, off U.S. Highway 160 west, quit using manure years ago in an effort to reduce contamination from herbicides used to eradicate Canada thistle. The herbicide doesn’t break down easily and attacks all broadleaf plants such as tomatoes, peppers and potatoes.
Stacey Carlson and Chad Goodale with Twin Buttes Gardens transplant vegetables into an organic potting mix the nursery is using to assure it is not contaminated with herbicides used to attack Canada thistle.
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