Re: [gardeners] Mother's Cooking was Seeds

Kay Lancaster (
Fri, 16 Jan 1998 10:50:57 -0800 (PST)

> >I received the March edition of Kitchen Garden magazine yesterday, and a
> >photo of 'Lacinato' Kale (which I hadn't heard of before) shows a vial
> >upside down on a stick, balanced over the kale.  Caption says the "cotton
> >ball in the vial is soaked with camphor oil to repel cabbage looper moths."

I wonder more about the camphor.  If memory serves, it's a pretty toxic.

Yup.  Just looked it up.  "Ingestion is harmful and may be
fatal";"Epileptiform seizures may be caused through all routes of
exposure"  TLV/TWA is 12 mg/m3, STEL 18 mg/m3, and PEL 2 mg/m3;
LD50 mouse (oral) is 1310 mg/kg.

Medical conditions generally aggravated by exposure: kidney disorders,
liver disorders, heart disorders, epilepsy.

Given the choice between handling camphor and acephate, I think I
might take the acephate.  But I think I'll stick to row cover.

Kay Lancaster