What does Monty think?

Having just seen MD on Gardeners World extolling the virtues of using barley grass in ponds it is interesting to read the article in the May edition of The Garden magazine. I wonder what he thinks about the fact that the EU is considering adding barley to the list of biocides which would make it illegal to use It. I guess you're guilty until proven innocent where the EU is concerned. All will be revealed in September apparently. 

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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612

    Not at all daft is our Monty - look how he's raised the profile of this image

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • Alan4711Alan4711 Posts: 1,569
    for years now fishing pond owners have been using this technique to stop the dreaded blue algae which at one time a few years ago was a big problem ,many animals were killed drinking the water expensive carp were dieing in thousands and we were warned to keep children away from it the Barley corn works stuff the EU

    Alan4711 Fisherman of yesteryear avavgooden
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    Geoff H and AT also advised barley straw for pond algae.   I don't see how a ban could be policed in private gardens and they're going to have to do some explaining to justify such a ban.

    The Vendée, France
  • artjakartjak Posts: 4,168

    Everyone I know with a pond uses barleystraw and it really works; why do the EU want to ban it, does it poison something apart from the algae?image

  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    It's application of the same legislation that has caused many other products to be withdrawn from sale. Fundamentally, the rationale is that if it is to be used as a biocide then the manufacturers must submit it to a very expensive testing program that proves it is not harmful to the environment, i.e. it is guilty until proved innocent. It doesn't mean you won't be able to buy barley straw, just that manufacturers will not be able to  market it for that purpose. So it will be marketed as rabbit bedding or something like that (wink, wink) , and canny gardeners will be able to find lots of info on sites like this as to how to use it. 

    Jeyes Fluid and Armillotox can no longer be marketed as soil sterilising treatments or winter tar wash for fruit and roses, but you can still buy them, same formulation, marketed for pot sterilisation, with plenty of internet advice as to how to use Armillotox as a treatment for Honey Fungus. 

    Ah well, it all helps the employment figures in Brussels. 

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    Not really Goldilocks.  These policies and decisions are made by representatives of the member states on permanent or temporary secondment form their national civil and foreign services.  Locally hired staff are usually lowlier posts such as security staff and basic admins such as secretaries.   There's a huge foreign population in and around Brussels to service al the EU departments, embassies to the EU, NATO and Belgian government, lobbyists, NATO and SHAPE employees, World Customs organisation, European head offices of mult nationals, teachers for the EU and international schools and so on.

    The upside is that you can find restaurants and shops catering for just about every cuisine in the world.

    The Vendée, France
  • Gold1locksGold1locks Posts: 499

    Sorry Obelixx, that was thoughtless comment.  I didn't mean to impugn the local Brusselaars.

    I really meant to have a swipe at the bureaucrats in Brussels that cost a fortune and have carte blanche on expenses without receipts, and the nonsense of having decision makers flit from Brussels to Stasbourg and back monthly because France made sure that the original treaty had a clause insisting on it for no other reason than national pride, Absolutely rediculous waste of money. Reading the following article makes my blood boil! 

    http://www.rferl.org/content/european_parliament_traveling_circus/24557376.html

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 10,618

    I know Goldilocks, but they're Brits and Frogs and Krauts and all the rest, not just Belgians and teher's been a huge influx of eastern Europeans recently too and that has skewed hpusing costs a sthey put pressure on teh rehntals market.   All brings a lot of money too in spending power but not a lot of taxes.  Win some lose some and, of course, being in rented properties doesn't make sensible gardening and horticulture rules a priority.

    The Vendée, France
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 43,612
    obelixx wrote (see)

    ..... Frogs and Krauts.................

    !!! ??? imageimage imageimage

    No-one knows if you've done your housework, but everyone knows if you've done your gardening !
  • TootsietimTootsietim Posts: 176

    I have seen some frogs in my pond, Perhaps they have come to check if I'm using barley straw.

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