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Spinach, Microbes, and More

Posted by on November 18, 2006 in Garden, Media/Reviews

I wrote a story for about safety issues in the garden.  (Read the story here.)  This latest E. coli scare has quite a few gardeners wondering about the safety of animal manure and animal-based fertilizers that use blood meal and bone meal as ingredients.   There’s good news:  these products are fairly safe and I was not able to dig up any reported cases of infection, but it’s a good time to think about some general safety guidelines that gardeners should always have in place.  For more discussion of this issue, check out my related post on GardenRant.

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  1. I’ve wondered about this–whether there are any known cases of infection from anything other than not properly washing homegrown (or otherwise) fruits and veggies.
    Recently I went to catalogue my plant tags for reference and realized I needed to get them really clean before handling them indoors without my gardening gloves on. I ended up soaking them in a bleach/water solution, scrubbing off the dirt, and drying them thoroughly. It was quite a fussy job, but necessary given what they could be carrying.