Kate wrote:I have a small garden in Central NY which I believe is showing signs of damage. It has been raining up here almost nonstop for the past two weeks. My organically grown and fertilized cucumber plants went from green, healthy and producing to dead in three days. My collard greens are turning yellow with burnt, crispy edges, and the squash plants are yellowing with tiny spots. Tomato plants have sections of dead foliage. Decorative plants and flowers are also damaged. Some of the foliage on the trees is dying, not the entire tree, just sections. Other trees seem to be turning slightly yellow, and there are big brown dead spots on some of the leaves. The water tastes acrid, and I am filtering it with a Berkey water filter. I don't know if the Berkey will take out the Corexit chemicals, but I hope so. My other concern is how to filter the water we use to bathe, do laundry, wash dishes, etc. Is there any way to chemically cause the water to become safe, some kind of chemical reaction with other substances that will render the toxins harmless? As far as oxygenating the water, food grade hydrogen peroxide might be a possibility, or the John Ellis water machine.
Sorry to hear what is happening to your crop.
By all means, do all you can to prevent further damage, if possible. As a newbie in gardening, I have had, and have
problems with my crop too, before this toxicity started to happen. Your knowledge will tell.
As far as detoxifying the water, and air, I can only give you and others reading these posts what friends and limited reading
on my part has resulted in so far:
Activated carbon (for water and air)
Special adaptable or portable UV lighting for both home and business
I would use all these combined is possible
35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide sounds reasonable too, that is, following strict guidelines.
Also, since many peoples travel times add up, I would suggest switching your means of travel to
recycle the air and looking to see if you can place an activated carbon filter on the intake opening
of your ac/venting system inside.
Come to think of it, I think it would be a good idea to either make a short or long term green house
where possible and do same to venting and watering system inside green house.