I hate that so many people are so casual about sevin. They will give advice without having any real knowledge, just repeating what they think or have heard. This past week-end I was in line at the gardening shop, when the lady in front of me asked the clerk what to do to kill those caterpillar pests on her parsley. The clerk resonded, [just dust the parsley with seven and that will kill them.] The lady said, [but isn't seven very poisonous? I would rather use something organic.] The clerk replied, no seven is perfectly safe, you can even rub it on your dogs and cats to kill the fleas, and it doesn't harm your pets.
I put my hand over my mouth and 'whispered' quite loud enough for the clerk to hear, [seven is a terrible poison to use, especially on greens that you will be eating.] Then I talked to the parsley grower about the swallow tail butterflies and their life cycle, and how she can just monitor activity and remove the eggs from her small planting. I also offered alternatives such as having a few extra plants for the butterfly larvae, or perhaps having a screen or other barrier to keep the butterflies off of the plant. She said that she would just move her parsley to inside her screened porch.
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on Mon May 03, 2010 4:06 pm, edited 2 times in total.
Eclectic gardening style, drawing from 45 years of interest and experience. Mostly plant in raised beds and containers primarily using intensive gardening techniques.