So last week my task in the garden was to pull weeds from between the cracks of the brick pathway. Despite the fact that it is a surprisingly calming task, it did hurt my thumb and forefinger after a while. My gardening glove even ripped from all of the rubbing against the brick! Also I’ve been playing guitar a lot recently and the pain in my fingers made it very difficult to play in a comfortable manner. Or at all.
It seemed like an unending, ungratifying task (no matter how much you weed, there are ALWAYS more), and so they told me that they would just spray the paths.
Now, at this point my mind was racing. Spray? Like, with herbicides? Like, with CHEMICALS? But that’s not safe. That’s not green. I don’t do well with herbicides! I’m very sensitive! Mother won’t let me work!
But I did not have to fret long. Luckily, the people I work for don’t like chemicals either. They shocked me by pulling out an organic weed killer that used clove oil as its main ingredient. Clove oil?!?! I had no idea that clove oil could be an effective weed killer. And when I got home and asked mother, she didn’t either! We were quite excited. Finding new, effective, green products makes our household as excited as kids in a candy shop.
The weed and grass killer was called Burn Out, and the ingredients were simple: Clove oil, vinegar and lemon juice. And Burn Out did indeed pass the test. The weeds between the cracks were killed and have remained away. It does seem as though clove oil works! We’re already telling everyone we know about this find.
Note to self: Goodbye, herbicides. There’s a new threat on the block.
Lily Berthold-Bond grew up in a chemical-free zone and has struggled her whole life to understand and accept this non-commercial lifestyle. Now a sophomore at Tufts University, she has embraced her green life and hopes to share its possibilities with the rest of her generation.