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Caracol gardeners!

Pickering, Canada
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Caracol gardeners!

if you're a gardener, have a look at the garden that is being developed near the kitchen. It's quite inovative. I bring seeds and small equipment for the staff because it supplements their diet. and many of them have home gardens which they share produce from for their familie and neighbours. if you'd like to help, p mail me. carol e.

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1. Re: Caracol gardeners!

They have a nice vegetable etc garden at Brisas as well, always stop by and see what's new and say hi, not sure about bringing seeds though, aren't they prohibited?

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2. Re: Caracol gardeners!

Carol you bring seeds they are illegal as i would not do that but hey its only me ...

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3. Re: Caracol gardeners!

Not a great idea, as some of our plants could be opportunistic and out compete Cuban species. We have had a lot of problems in Canada with seeds being imported and doing damage to our local ecology, e.g. purple loosestrife. Unless you are a trained botanist, (and even then) it is inadvisable to bring seeds to another country. It is also illegal.

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I thought the restrictions had been lifted. at least that's the info that was passed on from someone who goes regularly with many packets of seed which have been seen at cuban customs.. can someone crosscheck this on line? plants are a no no but I thought seeds were okay! thanks for the input. and we can still bring in small implements, plant tape etc. gloves . carol e. and I bring organic veggie and herb seeds from my gardens.

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5. Re: Caracol gardeners!

Well said

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"plants are a no no but I thought seeds were okay!"

Plants are a no no because they produce seeds, and therefore have the capacity to spread. I believe you have to have permission to import seeds legally. How stringently they police it is another matter. But I would subscribe to the "do no harm" principle, and avoid importing anything that could be problematic, and without knowing a lot about the ecology I don't think it's possible to be sure what is or is not a potential threat to native species.

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7. Re: Caracol gardeners!

" I bring organic veggie and herb seeds from my gardens."

These are the worst type to bring.

Seed companies have controls and standards. Who knows what "grows" in the private garden. No offense intended.

Just don't take seeds or plants or ....

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8. Re: Caracol gardeners!

no offense taken. just don't agree with you, sr. radar. as a long term organic gardener and a really golden oldie [healthy 75 years young ] shall we compare notes in a few years? carol e. as for seed companies, the majority of them are vast markets controlled by monsanto and other gmo companies or artificial fertilizer corporations who are doing their best to destroy our seed banks. no offense intended.

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9. Re: Caracol gardeners!

No offense taken.

Just because something is organic from and organic gardener does not mean it cannot or does not carry disease.

Would you agree?

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10. Re: Caracol gardeners!

Disease is one aspect. Another is that herbs, in particular, are often invasive. Ever try to get rid of mint? :-) I would agree organic is better than something that could be GMO. Really, really wouldn't want that Monsanto stuff loose in Cuba. Just because we are fools doesn't mean everyone needs to be!

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