I don’t know how things suddenly went crazy. Everything was just moving along in a normal pattern; plants were growing, cuttings were rooting, customers were loading up their Landscape operations and Retail Garden Centers with inventory….in fact, it was the definition of a perfect early spring season.
The trouble started with a small green blotch. It first appeared like a delicate frond of a fern laying on the soil in the plant flat…but it was no fern. It was the first scouts leading the way for an alien invasion from the planet LIVERWORT.
Within days a soft green layer of this Alien scum covered the soil layer smothering the plants. It quickly spread to the Nursery Staff, covering their skin and clothing with its vile growth, attaching itself with its small hair like “roots”. It was clear that the World as we knew it might have a new master.
Just when all hope was lost, all efforts by the Military and the Dow Chemical Herbicide Department had proved futile, a slight glimmer of hope shone through the storm. The weapon was simple. In trial and error tests of vinegar, Clorox, detergents, and other common household items one brave freedom fighter spilled a little Arm & Hammer Baking Soda on the Alien scourge.
“It just wilts away!” shouted one of the rebel horticulturalist freedom fighters. “Look! The plants above are untouched but the Alien LIVERWORT is tuning into a brown mush!”
“Muster the F-16 crop dusters!” shouted the General in charge of the world defense effort. “Go to Sam’s Club and Costco, find all the Baking Soda on the planet, and mount a counter attack! Here……use my Visa so I can get the credit card points.”
Soon Nursery employees armed with backpack dusters were beating back the Alien invasion. With a couple of applications, (when the foliage is dry), the nuisance pest can be virtually annihilated with zero harm to the plants and the environment.
“Some of the spores will survive” warned scientists. “We must be vigilant to continue spot applications to control the population. Once the plants leave the easy environment of the greenhouse, the LIVERWORT can only survive in moist, shady environments. Our greenhouses are safe for plants and Mankind!”
A great cheer arose from all across the world. Children could now sleep safe in their beds. Gardeners could now come out into the light!