Be Aware Where Your Compost Comes From
I know some people use hay and straw in their gardens, just be aware of where that comes from, it could be laced with chemicals you don't want in your garden.
"In years past, Iris Nason has volunteered at a school garden in Portland, Oregon. When the garden became off-limits this year due to the pandemic, she decided to expand her home garden. Nason bought five 150-gallon pots and lots of extra soil and planted more starts than she ever had before.
“I thought I’d grow for the community at my house,” she said.
Like many others who got into gardening during quarantine, Nason took photos of her starts nearly every day. She traded seeds by mail and even used it to barter toilet paper from the neighbors. In late April, she moved her tomatoes into the outdoor beds, containing new soil from a local supplier. A week later, she knew something was wrong. Her healthy starts were twisted and the leaves began curling and cupping into strange shapes. Nason is a long-time gardener but had never seen anything like this before. She posted photos in a local gardening group and discovered many others were experiencing similar things with their gardens. They all had one thing in common: the company they’d gotten their soil amendment from—soil that had been contaminated with the herbicide clopyralid."