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Archive for Friday, June 2, 2006

Weed Fest to celebrate pesticide-free parks

June 2, 2006

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Bring a blanket and your favorite weeding tool.

A festival Saturday morning in Buford M. Watson Jr. Park will celebrate the city's "pesticide-free parks" effort.

The "Weed Fest," from 9 a.m. to noon, features refreshments, live music and information about the city's 34 pesticide-free parks. Event-goers also will be able to learn about edible weeds and how to adopt a flower bed.

Or, if they get the urge, they can pull some weeds on the spot.

Comments

Marion Lynn 7 years, 10 months ago

"Silent Spring"?

The truth about "Silent Spring" starts here:

http://www.21stcenturysciencetech.com/articles/summ02/Carson.html

Thanks.

Marion.

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KSChick1 7 years, 10 months ago

LOL I did not think this story was about weeds at a park.

They must be high though! I say spray for weeds and bugs. I like neither!

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consumer1 7 years, 10 months ago

I am taking some papers dude, or maybe a bong. I heard it is some good sh*

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Godot 7 years, 10 months ago

Buy some signs that say, "Prairie in progress" and leave it at that.

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Sigmund 7 years, 10 months ago

Weedfest 2006, Lawrence, Kansas. I was sure this story was going to be about certified organic "weed" being available at the Merc and Farmers Market.

Pulling weeds, now that is a pot of a different color. Don't we pay taxes for the city to maintain our parks? Is the budget so screwed up that they can't afford to hire enough illegal immigrants to pull weeds anymore? Will there be recipes for a vinigarette to go with that edible weed salad? Finally, is there someone, anyone, that wants to adopt my flower bed and maintain it for free?

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Doug Harvey 7 years, 10 months ago

Seems that some of the above commentators need to read Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring." They represent what happens when ideology trumps reality (a temporary arrangement).

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Waters Edge and Westlake Hardware sell a Japanese Weeding knife that is THE most excellent weeding tool on the planet. It is a substantial and very effective tool.

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Richard Heckler 7 years, 10 months ago

Actually a fair number do turn out which makes it a team effort and a fun social event. Yep chiggers and ticks are a natural occurence however a bit annoying. As for mosquitos long summer pants and long sleeve summer wear are effective so who needs DEET.

I am also considering an outdoor fan as a mosquito deterrent at the homestead. If it works well in general I may use a small fan while weeding the garden. Flying insects do not seem to be around when the wind blows.

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cowboy 7 years, 10 months ago

hey LJW , might be nice to know whether the city is gettting enuf volunteers to weed the parks

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blue73harley 7 years, 10 months ago

Pywacket - when they first went "pesticide-free", I thought the same thing. But if you look up the definition, pesticide includes herbicides.

When I saw the headline to this article, I thought it might have something to do with Lawrence being pot-friendly!

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cowboy 7 years, 10 months ago

hmmm , while driving by that park last week Ithought it looked kind of ratty

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lunacydetector 7 years, 10 months ago

bwahahahaha! a manual bug kill :)

use the deet, we don't want some innocent child to get lyme disease or west nile virus (if any of the event goers even have children).

this annual Weedfest, does this mean the weeds only get picked once a year? what a far-out idea, man.

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Pywacket 7 years, 10 months ago

What do pesticides have to do with weeding? Do they mean herbicides? Or do they want you to come join them for a manual bug kill (so as to prove the point that pesticides aren't needed)? That would be more to the point.

And, btw, that park is the most tick-infested place on the planet. If you show up with your little trowel and expect to hunker down and dig out some weeds while feeling good about doing something earth friendly, be sure to spray yourself with a DEET-containing product first or suffer the consequences.

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