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Neighbour has sprayed pesticide on my vegetable patch

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My neighbour has sprayed weed killer onto my vegetable patch.  He won't tell me what it is but he has told me that it is stronger than round up.  I am worried that I will never be able to use my vegetable patch again.

I'm not sure what it can be but does anyone know what are the strongest weedkillers you can buy and how long do you have to wait before you can plant any vegetables again?



  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    The title says pesticide.  Is it pesticide or weedkiller.  Was it deliberate?  Was it an accident?  If it was glyphosate, a weedkiller, you can replant immediately.

    Why will he not tell you what it is?  Is it a banned product like sodium chlorate?

    Is it in your garden or an allotment? Is it a strip or a larger area?

    Sorry, there are too many unknowns in your post.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    It sounds deliberate. Anyone who did this accidentally would own up, apologise profusely and offer to pay for the plants.

  • If so then that's Crimnal Damage and should be reported to the police.  But let's not be too hasty - Hopefully Monkey in the Garden will tell us more about the circumstances. 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Or is there a possibility that there was an attempt to clear weed growth on a boundary and wind either blew spray over your way, or it leeched in the soil?

    Accidents do happen, especially if someone isn't totally sure of what they're doing image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,657
    WHY did he do it ? please explain so you can get the proper response to your question,
  • izzy8izzy8 Posts: 147

    as the other contributers have said there are too many ifs and buts,the only weedkillers that I an think of that stay in the soil are sodium chlorate,and pathclear which we use on the gravel, it inhibits germination for about 6months.

  • Sometimes people use weedkillers etc as part of their jobs (council roadmen, street sweepers etc, groundsmen at factories etc).  They don't necessarily know what it is they're given to use - they just do as they're told - and if they've 'siphoned off a little bit' to use at home, or a relative or friend employed in such a job has given them a bit to help out, they may not realise the real effects!

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • waterbuttswaterbutts Posts: 1,214

    Well, there's a difference between "he won't tell me" and " he can't tell me". and if "he knows that it's stronger than Roundup" then he knows what it is and is refusing to say.

  • WelshonionWelshonion Posts: 3,114

    If it was on an allotment the management committee should be informed.

    Trouble is weedkiller takes some time to make its presence known.  Maybe this happened some time ago.

    Funny the OP hasn't come back with more information.

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