I'm such an idiot! Gardening mistakes!

CAST1(9b Arizona)August 30, 2012

This morning while being in the front yard I decided to water my small bed of sunflowers and celosias. After that I noticed a Powerade bottle in the porch. It was quite full and before throwing it in the trash can I decided to at least pour the juice out on top of the small log that borders by my celosias and sunflowers so that the ants could have something to eat . I poured the whole bottle on that log but thats when an unusual smell came to me . It smelled like gasoline so I looked around and guess where the source came from? The Powerade bottle! I panicked and decided to remove the log, but it was to late, the gasoline had reached the soil and now the whole place smells like a gas station! I have removed some of the contaminated soil but I'm afraid this will some how affect my poor celosias and sunflowers. Some gasoline got on some leaves but I cut these off. This happened a few hours ago but it seems that the plants look okay except for a sunflower whose stem is black in some areas because of the gasoline. Will my plants be okay? Will the seeds they produce be contaminated?

Now that you have heard about my idiotic mistake, what mistakes have you done? :)

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flora_uk(SW UK 8/9)

Bad luck. The moral of this story is ...... never decant chemicals into other bottles. Keep them in the original container. Did you find out who the culprit was?

If they survive the seeds will be unaffected.

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 4:22PM
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CAST1(9b Arizona)

I was about to drink that stuff too! I'm a little sick right now so my sense of smell isn't that good which explains why didn't catch up with the scent fast enough. I thank God I didn't drink that stuff!

I still live with my parents and it turns out it was my dad's friend who poured the gasoline in that bottle. They were fixing the mower a few days ago and the fool put the gasoline in the empty Powerade bottle without telling anyone!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 5:09PM
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jkom51(Z9 CA/Sunset 17)

Wow, very dangerous too. One little spark could have made quite a nasty explosion. Look at it this way - better a few dead flowers than a few dead or injured people!

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 7:19PM
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pat_tea(PNW, Van,WA)

So sorry for your plants but I too am grateful to know you or anyone else got hurt. Thanks for sharing this it may save someone else from doing something like that. As far as dumb things I have done. . . . well, let me count the ways. I do go through a lot of pruners because I manage to throw them out with the clippings and I have an assortment of left handed gloves because I take off the right one and who knows where they go. Then there was the time I almost knocked myself out when I stepped on a rake that I had left tongs up. . .

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 9:37PM
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mytime(3/4 Alaska)

Thank goodness you didn't try to drink it. Read this:

Here is a link that might be useful: accident waiting to happen

    Bookmark   August 30, 2012 at 11:32PM
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nulty

Thankfully you can say oops!,..it was the flowers that were damaged,..had you or some child drank the contents or even part of it,.. i would hate to think of the outcome,..your Dad's friend should be given a scolding,.. a very careless and dangerous act.

    Bookmark   September 3, 2012 at 7:28PM
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ianna(Z5b)

The thing is that gasoline will remain there for a while. Gasoline can be carcinogenic so don't plant veggies in that patch.

    Bookmark   September 5, 2012 at 10:16PM
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docmom_gw Zone 5 MI(5)

Gasoline is very volatile, so, as long as it didn't soak too far into the ground, it will evaporate off and blow away in the wind within a few days or weeks. I don't now how much of an effect the remnants might have, but I bet there won't be enough left in the ground to cause any trouble after a few weeks. But, I'm no expert, so if someone knows better, please inform us.

Martha

    Bookmark   September 8, 2012 at 10:28PM
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Calamity_J(z7bc)

Okay, Here's my stupid garden miss-take! Bought this place about 8yrs ago, and there was a compost that was HUGE! 3ft high x 8ft long made out of landscape ties. Hubby and I, being fairly newbie gardeners, tossed all the garden refuse in there...even the darned weeds...hey, thought it cooked and died or something...magical compost faery came and killed them, right?! Well then got the great idea to use that wonderful compost for a new garden bed, so spread it all over new bed....ya, I now have the healthiest patch of morning glory(HORRIFIC BAD WEED HERE!!!) you ever saw! Sheesh, what was I thinking!? Ya live and learn! How come I always have to learn from my miss takes!?!? Oh the shame of it all!!!!

    Bookmark   September 11, 2012 at 2:03PM
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rosiew

flora says ". never decant chemicals into other bottles. Keep them in the original container."

I can't agree with this. I decant BUT I first remove any label and immediately use adhesive labels and/or permanent markers. Being really careful is super important.

    Bookmark   September 12, 2012 at 2:33PM
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hosenemesis(SoCal Sunset 19 USDA 8b)

You FEED the ANTS? :)

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 3:30PM
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rosiew

I feed my ants too. It's really fun to watch them eating, for example, cake icing stuck to the foil that covered it or stomped to tiny bits stale tortilla chips. They recently turned their little noses up at a quinoa/black bean dip. Maybe too much lime in it. Try it, hose!

    Bookmark   September 16, 2012 at 4:53PM
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