I’m reasonably confident that the garden recipes above couldn’t be followed nowadays, as many of the products are banned. However, back in October 1955 when this article was published in the Avondale Advance and Blockhouse Bay Beacon, if you wanted your garden to thrive, this is what you did.
In a century-long love affair with the magic of chemistry, from the 1890s to the late 1980s when products like lead arsenate and DDT were banned, home gardeners and farmers poured gallons of poisons on their crops, oblivious to the far-reaching consequences to humans, the soil or the food chain.
Of course, we do have a long history of chemicals being recommended as perfectly okay to use with no after-effects, later to be told they’ll kill you.
The battle between the compost heap and chemicals continues today; many modern gardeners extolling organic practices, but out of necessity resorting to the sneaky use of chemicals.
If you love a good horror story, just Google the chemicals recommended in the old article above – you’ll be shaking in your boots!