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The Challenges of Gardening in a City

My garden got hit by herbicides

herbicide driftI’m a country girl at heart. When I moved away from home to the big city and finally had room to put in a tiny garden, I thought the only challenges I would face would be a lack of space and the need for lots of fertilizer. I’d heard of herbicides and pesticides, and I knew that you didn’t want to spray them on your crops for fear of killing them, but I’d never seen the damage those things could cause until a few weeks ago.

When I first saw this, I didn’t have a clue what had happened to my plants. All I knew was one day they looked fine and healthy. The next day, half the plants looked like this. I had no idea what had caused the damage. I thought maybe some kind of weird virus or bug had gotten a hold of my plants, but I saw no holes or discolored leaves. I thought maybe a lack of watering had damaged my plants, but that wasn’t the case. Nor was it a case of not enough or too much of any particular nutrients. It took me three weeks to figure out what it was.

It was a case of herbicide drift.

Someone near me–maybe one of the houses in the neighborhood or maybe the maintenance man who works here at the apartment complex–sprayed weed killer. They weren’t trying to be mean or trying to kill my plants. Just the weeds. Even so, that herbicide drifted on the wind and landed on my tomato and green bean plants. Causing this to happen.

I’m a little upset. This is my first garden, and I’m worried that my plants may be damaged beyond repair. I was looking forward to some fresh veggies, and now I don’t know if that will happen.

There’s not much I can do. From what I’ve been able to find out, either your plants die from herbicide drift or they bounce back. Considering its been three weeks and my plants are still here, they might yet bounce back. I can only hope and pray that’s the case.

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