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Allotment neighbour and weed killer

Hi there, looking for advice.  I have an allotment at the back of some houses/on the edge of a field.  I have had it for a couple of seasons and griwing part in raised bed/in ground.  Really. Wet new to this but want to do everything naturally and chemical free.  The problem I have is the lovely elderly gentleman who lives behind the allotment, he keeps putting down weedkiller along the fence I have put up (to help me).  I have mentioned a number of times that I don't want to use chemicals at all.  He just doesn't 'get it' and grows wild flowers in pots and gives them to me but still puts weedkiller diwn when I am not there.  It's really worrying me that I am growing veg that will be poisonous to my young family and opposite what I am trying to do.  I am about to put signs up to remind him.  My question is, how do I test for contaminants/where do I buy from (google search has left me none the wiser), and what can I do to help alleviate the risks whilst I work on stopping it happening.  thankyou!


  • nutcutletnutcutlet Posts: 26,974

    If your veg get the weedkiller they will die so poisoning will not be an issue. If they get even a little bit of damage and survive it will be obvious that there's something wrong with them. There's no way they'll look perfectly OK but be contaminated

    In the sticks near Peterborough
  • SkandiSkandi Posts: 1,615

    You cannot test yourself, it would require an entire chemistry lab to pick up the parts per million that could be present without as nutcutlet states showing on the plant.

    If you are panicing about it, set a small fence from something solid say blackplastic or the like inside the fence you have up, so that any spray that comes through the fence hits that and doesn't make it any further onto your allotment.

    He may well be desparing at the number of weeds comming under the fence from your allotment!

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