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    heatherbates is offline Germinator
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    Default Weed Killer on the veg patch

    Hi everyone, I'm a newbie to gardeing so would appreciate help along the way!
    A couple of months ago I put WEEDOL weed killer over a patch of weedy ground, all the weeds died - great......!
    After all this rainy weather we've had lately I haven't been in the garden much but today had a wander and where I had put the weedol I noticed a huge patch of potato plants.
    I dug some up to have a look and they look great BUT can i eat them?
    Any help or suggestions appreciated!

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    shirlthegirl43 is offline Gardening Guru
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    Hello and welcome to the vine heatherbates.

    Not sure about the correct answer to your question I am afraid but I think Weedol becomes inactive when it hits the soil. I am sure a more expert grape will be along shortly to tell you for sure.
    Happy Gardening,
    Shirley

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    jondanie is offline Seedling
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    Hello Heatherbates, welcome to the vine,

    Weedol contains the chemical Diquat, which is a close relative of Paraquat (Gramoxone) Both only kill the green material it touches and Shirlthegirl43 is correct, it become inactive as soon as it hits the soil.

    Diquat is often used with "stale" seedbeds, where you prepare your seedbed in advance and allow the weeds to germinate and then you "burn" them off before you sow your crop.

    The resulting potato crop will be fine and you should have no worries about eating them. Enjoy

    Hope this helps,

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    heatherbates is offline Germinator
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    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I will go and gather the rest for tea! Heather

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    Quote Originally Posted by heatherbates View Post
    Thank you so much for taking the time to reply! I will go and gather the rest for tea! Heather
    Take the brolly!

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    Further to heatherbates' question, I was wandering what people think about it being safe to use with animals. We have a paviour yard to run the dogs and there is a lot of grass showing through the cracks. Is it safe to use as a path clearer. The problem is the dogs tend to nibble at the grass. Although the box says it is safe for animals, I've never dared try it on the yard.

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