Gardener’s rant

By country roads they’re spraying herbicide

Let’s chop and mow and raise our ‘No Spray’ signs

Let’s say no to poison — send those trucks away.


Now is the time to plant new seed

not to cull in the name of noxious weeds

Roadside trims are still enough.


A gardener’s work is never done

We toil from dawn to setting sun.


Only when hungry bugs bite and prowl

do we surrender, throw down our trowels.

I was working outside all day, both in the vegetable garden and in the yard mowing and putting up NO SPRAY signs, leaving little time to write. I thought I would write a haiku but ended up with this.

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17 thoughts on “Gardener’s rant

  1. I share the feelings. Our local authority makes environmental swings from no cut regimes to slash everything. We never know until the season starts which hat they are wearing. This year is slash…..I am complaining.

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    1. There is more growth here because of heavy rainfall but I think it’s about time we stop spraying poisons that hang around in the water, kill wildlife and so on. Our local Stewardship Council is against it but lost the battle.

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  2. I’m pleased to say our local authority has stopped using herbicides and insecticides altogether. Weeds are pulled up by hand and in the parks they encourage natural predators to get rid of the insects. No authority that I know of sprays country roads. They trim back, often quite dramatically, but never use poisons.

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    1. That’s good to hear. I was a bit shocked when I read about our spray program. They’ve always mowed beside roads. I have no idea what inspired this backslide.


      1. It’s funny I was just thinking thoughts along those lines when a British blogger mentioned a sudden use of herbicides where he lives as well. It’s as if there has been a push on herbicides as a magic solutions for exaggerated issues.


    1. Thanks Denis…this is the first roadside spray since we moved here about 7 years ago….not widely publicized. I am hoping more concern will surface when people realize what is happening.

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      1. Good luck Janice. This could be one rare example where you can use social media to advantage. We also have elected councillors the council staff are employees who don’t care but the councillors are politicians who want re election. Also local media if they are not conservative can be used. Generally apathy in ordinary citizens has to be awaken with the “its hurting you and your family and animals” approach. Bottom line is pesticides don’t need to be used.

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      2. I am inexperienced with raising issues on my own (the group that the local paper reported as objecting doesn’t use media or try to recruit – – strange) but your thoughts fit perfectly. I’ve started by tweeting but I really should be doing a letter to the local paper…the county is mostly rural and I have a feeling many people haven’t seen the notice…I ‘m hoping they will care when they know about it.

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