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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

How About Some Vinegar With Those Weeds?
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Vinegar: More than just a salad dressing?   /  Copyrighted image used with permission by NVTech Inc.

A sci4kids story by Don Comis------------------------------------------------

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Graphic of a gardener kneeling by a flower garden with a house in the background.   /  Copyrighted image used with permission by NVTech Inc. Many gardeners and farmers experiment as often as scientists do. But as valuable as the gardeners' and farmers' experiments are, their results are usually called "folklore," not science.

Graphic of a vinegar and veggies.  /  Copyrighted image used with permission by NVTech Inc. They often want scientists to test their folklore, to see if it really works. That's what happened with organic farmers and gardeners who discovered that common household vinegar kills weeds. Graphic of forward arrowClick here to continue.

 

Lawn service employee spraying weeds with chemicals called herbicide.  /  Copyrighted image used with permission by NVTech Inc. Definition: Unlike the gentleman shown at right, spraying herbicide, an "organic" farmer or gardener would generally avoid using pesticides, fertilizers or other farm products that contain factory-made chemicals. Instead, they'd prefer nature-based ingredients and/or methods of fighting weeds, growing crops or raising livestock.

Last Modified: 2/14/2011
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