Lawn sand killed my herbs

I was looking for a way to improve drainage in my pot plants on my balcony, and tried to source some sand to put in them. The only one I could find was "lawn sand", which seemed innoccous to me, so I repotted my herbs and combined compost with the sand. Now I read the packet properly and see that it contains pesticides! This could be why my sage plant went black and my chives wilted a lot after repotting...

I've repotted these again, washed off all the sand, and put some good soil in and some fertiliser... but the question is, can I ever eat these herbs now? That is, if any of them survive.



  • SwissSueSwissSue Posts: 1,447

    I have successfully used aquarium sand, can be bought at large DIY stores with an aquarium section. Also, if you have neighbours with a childrens sand pit, ask for some of that and wash it thoroughly.

  • Thanks, I guess I will leave them a couple of months and hopefully they will be ok to eat then... hope I don't get sick off them!

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