Garden products from the bad old days

Garden products from the bad old days

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I’m packing up to move, so it’s time to decide which of these gardening products I’ll be taking with me and which deserve to be sealed tightly at the bottom of a landfill somewhere.  In my defense, I bought most of these 15-25 years ago, before I knew enough to question the safety of all this stuff, or even the need for them.  Before I’d gotten religion in the garden.


Here’s the Dirty Two Dozen or so.  Readers, would you take any of these with you to your next garden?  (I’ll venture a keep-worthy list below)


  • Liquid Sevin
  • Sevin Dust
  • Ortho Systemic Insect Killer
  • Spectracide Insect Control
  • Ortho Orthene Systemic insect Control
  • Quick-Kill Mosquito pellets
  • Dragon Cygon 2-E Systemic Insecticide
  • Safer Caterpillar Killer
  • Bon-Neem Insecticidal Soap
  • Bonide All-Seasons Spray Oil


  • Ortho Weed-B-Gon – 3 of them
  • Ortho Poison Ivy and Oak Killer – 2 cans
  • Ortho Grass-B-Gone
  • Ortho Triox Vegetation Killer
  • Bonide stump and Vine Killer
  • Various formulations of Round-up – 4 of them.  (Why all the duplicates?  One messy toolshed.)



  • Ortho Funginex Rose Disease control
  • Dragon Copper Fungicide
  • Infuse Systemic Disease Control
  • Dragon Benomyl Disease Control
  • Ortho Multi-Purpose Fungicide


  • Ortho Rose Pride
  • Miracle Gro Rose Food
  • Dynamite Fertilizer

Plus 2 bottles of the unclassifiable FreezePruf and not pictured, three different deer repellent products.  And sitting in my garage is a bag of Hollytone.

Proposed Keepers

  • Neem insecticidal soap – it’s fairly harmless, right?  And who knows what critters await me in my next garden?
  • Bonide All-Seasons Spray Oil – ditto.
  • Hollytone

Pretty short list.  I’ll happily donate my deer sprays to neighbors, since there aren’t any where I’m going.  Ditto the Round-up, since I’m leaving behind the scourge of poison ivy – the one plant I used it on. 

Posted by

Susan Harris
on December 6, 2011 at 5:46 am, in the category Gardening on the Planet, Taking Your Gardening Dollar.

    • Liz
    • 8th August 2016

    I would’ve kept the same things, plus a thing of round-up (there always seems to be some perennial weed that resists any other method of control). I would love to do this to several sheds I’ve come across, but never align those with hazardous waste clean-up drops.

    • trey
    • 2nd October 2016

    That’s quite a group of chemicals. I haven’t seen Triox or Cygon in years. Safer Caterpillar Killer is BT, so if it’s not more than a year old I would take that with the others you are taking.

    • admin
    • 21st October 2016

    Wow, and I thought my killing shelf was bad!

    • admin
    • 14th November 2016

    It’s amazing what we used to routinely use in our gardens, isn’t it? That’s great that you’re getting rid of them but please take them to a spot where they’ll be disposed of properly if possible. They’re called Household Hazardous Waste Depots here in Canada. In a landfill, they could eventually leach into the ground water or otherwise get into the ecosystem.

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