[Market-farming] stinky backpack sprayer

Roots Farm karen at rootsfarm.info
Tue May 8 16:43:56 EDT 2012


Odor perception is qualitatively different than sight/image perception.  Odor IS the chemical itself.  When you smell something it is because molecules of the defining chemicals have entered your body.  

How much makes a difference to your plants/field/self/others...???   but the odor tells you the amount being released is not zero.  Be thankful for the odor -- some things offer no such warning  perceptible to humans.

All best wishes,


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karen at rootsfarm.info

On May 8, 2012, at 4:25 PM, Deb Taft wrote:

> Hi All.
> Please indulge me if this is a stupid question!
> Last spring I bought a used backpack sprayer because it was ridiculously cheap and it seems to work fine.  The problem I'm having is that it reeked of chemicals when I got it and, after more than a year, it still does.  I've run a couple of mild soap solutions through it, a vinegar solution, left it out in the sun for a few days and left it un-capped for all these months.  It still smells chemical-y.
> I have no idea what chemicals were used in it - pesticides? herbicides?  I was told that it was used for landscape purposes.
> Should I be concerned about the lingering odor or will any potentially damaging residue be long gone?  I'm not certified but I really don't want to be spraying anything that would compromise an organically managed field...or kill my crops.
> Thanks for your help!
> Deb
> Mobius Fields
> Sleepy Hollow / Waccabuc NY
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