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Does Compost “Repel” Pests? In California, You Better Not Say So

Gardeners have been applying compost and compost tea to their gardeners since gardening began. The dry compost and the liquid tea give the plants more vigor, a bigger root mass and generally better health than plants grown without those substances.

When forced to apply compost tea to my grandmother’s garden in Maine as a child, I would often protest, saying, “Why do I always have to do this, Grammy?” To which she would always reply, “Because it keeps the bad bugs away and invites the good bugs in.”

Any longtime gardener knows that compost makes plants more insect and disease resistant and, yet, you better not make that claim in California — at least not if you’re selling the stuff. George Hahn learned that the hard way, to the tune of a $100,000 fine and a lengthy, expensive court battle. Here’s the story:

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • Andrew Boshears

    This is outrageously absurd and immoral. I don’t know about California, but in Florida in order to get a pesticide applicators license you must first have four years of pesticide application experience under a licensed applicator. So in other words in order to give people an alternative to the poisons, you have to to contribute to their demise first! Who is this protecting? The consumers? NO! The multi billion dollar pesticide industry who supports all the “right” legislators? Ahhh yesss…Now I get it…

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