UGH! please advise...

jennamae(6)June 13, 2008

Well I was delighted to have the house painters come today to paint my house white, but am now frustrated because the overspray landed on my herb garden and left tiny paint dots, almost a dust, over all my basil etc.

I feel I need to replant all new herbs in the garden since I will not be comfortable eating these, especially since we are organic gardeners and I have a 2 year old...

Should I also take the top layer of soil off and replace that as well. I wish I would have thought to cover it up, but it seemed far enough away from the house....any advice is appreciated~

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annebert(6b/7a MD)

I don't think this is as bad as you fear. Lead hasn't been used in paint for decades,so there's no fear of that. Plants would not absorb much of anything - it's the actual paint spots you need to worry about.

Most herbs can be cut back hard and will regrow. For long-lived perennials like sage, lavender, etc, that's what I'd do. This would also work with basil, but if it really worries you, you can replant it. You could also scrape off the top inch or so of soil - again you just need to get the actual paint spots.

I've been an organic gardener for more than 30 years, and this is what I'd do.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 8:12AM
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jennamae(6)

Thanks Annebert, That is precisely what I am doing. I bought all new herbs yesterday, $32.00 worth of comfort and scraped and replaced the top 3" of soil...

I appreciate your input.

    Bookmark   June 15, 2008 at 9:48AM
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