Dear MOTHER: August/September 2011

Reader letters about herbicide contamination, the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner, wolves, world population, tomato cages, rooster training, spiral herb gardens, and more.

| August/September 2011

  • Scheel Garden Planner
    Reader Christina Scheel of Washougal, Wash., laid out her entire garden in about an hour using our interactive Vegetable Garden Planner. With the Garden Planner e-newsletter, she gets email updates telling her when particular veggies she’s growing in her garden need to be sown or planted out.
  • Church Garden Plan
    Reader Tom Wechter’s church in North Carolina used the MOTHER EARTH NEWS Vegetable Garden Planner to plan its 92-by-125-foot community garden that will provide food and work for some of the unemployed and financially challenged people in the area.
  • Florida Tomato Weave
    The Florida Weave is an inexpensive and easy way to support tomato vines. 
  • Tomato Hornworm
    Hornworms don’t eat tomatoes — the green worms are difficult to find because they remain on, and only feed on, the leaves of plants.

  • Scheel Garden Planner
  • Church Garden Plan
  • Florida Tomato Weave
  • Tomato Hornworm

Herbicide Contamination Continues to Kill Gardens

I wish I had seen your article Keep Your Garden Safe From Killer Compost (April/May 2011) before I got 10 yards of composted horse manure. My garden is ruined. All of my tomatoes are curling up like they were zapped by a Martian death ray. I took my plant samples to my state’s agronomist yesterday and he confirmed severe herbicide damage. My county extension office didn’t even know about it here in North Carolina. My dream garden is all but ruined thanks to chemical companies who don’t really care that their potent herbicides have been damaging our gardens for years.

I beg of you to print this information more often — my experience has been hell. The least I can do is try to keep someone else from hurting like I do.

Cary Brief
Raleigh, North Carolina

Abuzz About the Bee Blog

Thank you for taking up the cause of beekeeping for your readers. As a beekeeper, I think your blog (Honeybees and Beekeeping) is a great way to get more people interested in beekeeping. As a member of a beekeeping association, I know firsthand that there is a great need for information on bees. We teach programs in schools, but have had a large influx of requests for speakers. We have sent people out to garden club meetings and insurance company (green day) meetings. The more we can teach people about bees, and bee problems, the better we can manage things like chemical use. I look forward to having MOTHER EARTH NEWS as another source of good information to share.

Mark Emrich
Rochester, Washington

Fine FAIR in Puyallup

There was so much to see and learn at the FAIR. I had a blast. I can’t wait until the next one comes to Washington! Hope all of the vendors were happy with the turnout. I want them all to come back again. The barn with the animals was so fun! Actually, everything was fun. I especially liked the name of one product: Red Ants Pants!!!


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