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« on: February 26, 2005 05:51:51 PM »

I've always had a vegetable garden, except for 2 years ago.  We accepted an offer on our place the beginning of May, then moved in late June.  Last year, I had a patch tilled in my new yard.  I had the worst garden ever.  All of my tomato's wilted and died.  My pepers didn't wilt, but they didn't produce either.  My cukes, melons and squash rotted, as did the broccoli and beans.  My neighbor said the ground was poisoned by a black walnut tree that grows about 20' away, but not my yard, or his.  Has anyone heard of this before?
I'm debating wheather to have a different spot tilled, or to just forget the whole thing and just grow a couple of tomato's in a pot.
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2005 10:40:08 PM »

Try testing your soil's pH (simple test kits can be found at a garden shop), and then correcting with lime or whatever (the garden store or the kit can tell you how to correct it).  Also make sure there is enough nutrients in the soil, by tilling in manure and/or compost.
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« Reply #2 on: February 27, 2005 07:13:16 AM »

I should try that.  Funny thing is, the flower beds in other parts of my yard thrived.  The only differance, seams to be that black walnut tree.
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« Reply #3 on: February 27, 2005 07:49:10 AM »

Roots of Black Walnut Trees leave something called juglone  in the soil...  Angry

 Sad You can't grow cabbage, eggplant, pepper, potato, tomato
 Smiley you CAN grow lima beans; snap beans (very pretty! Lots of flowers) ; beets; corn; onions; parsnips

Read the first link, and do a google on 'juglone' and 'black walnut'. I think it said you can have a garden 50 feet away from the roots. But if it's a/was a big tree... Huh

My suggestion..look around for an agricultural cooperative extention program where you can send soil samples. They may be able to help you out with suggestions as to whether the problem can be corrected somehow.. I do this every other year in my garden.

Also, try planing 'maters in containers.. I always have a few in old sheetrocking pots (5 gallon) on my deck for easy access if I'm to lazy to drag my sorry self to the garden.

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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2005 08:12:33 AM »

Thanks for the info.  Actually, I think the rabbits took care of my beans.  And I did have radishes, lettuce, and snap peas.  Loosing the tomato's and peppers broke my heart.  The darn walnut tree belong to some farmer on top of the hill, don't know who.
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« Reply #5 on: March 16, 2005 03:40:53 PM »

Why not try a raised garden? Get some stones or those brick thingys from Home depot or wherever and make your own soil mix for the veggies.  That's what I'm going to do this year here in Cali, even though I had a wonderful overly abundant crop of tomatoes, eggplant, yellow squash, sugar baby watermelons, cantalope and peppers grown randomly in my flowerbed!! I'd never grown veggies before, so I just kind of stuck seedlings in the ground and was pleasantly surprised! This year I'd like to have better control of the garden so that I don't get stuck or stung when I'm trying to harvest some dinner!!  Good luck! 
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« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2005 07:51:52 AM »

If you get in touch with that farmer, maybe he/she will let you have some black walnuts to make up for your trouble-- they are yummy.
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« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2005 08:34:56 AM »

Actually, I do keep the walnuts that fall into my yard.  About 1/4th of my lot is a sidehill, above my lot line, the hill is heavly wooded.  So I get a lot of birds at my feeder that I wouldn't get to see otherwise.  Right now I'm getting a lot of chickadees, tufted titmice, nut hatches, purple finches, gold finches, pine siskins, cardnals, mourning doves, red breasted woodpeckers, downey woodpeckers.  Later in the spring I'll have indigo buntings, wrens, rose breasted grosbeaks, hummers, and many more.  I love my new house and yard, except for that walnut tree.
I also have a spring in my back yard.
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« Reply #8 on: April 16, 2005 01:09:06 PM »

Actually, I do keep the walnuts that fall into my yard. 

Good for you! I cant count how many autums were spent cracking wallnuts out of a big 5 gallon bucket in my neighbors garage. They were an old retired couple that used to farm and they had grand kids my age that I would play with. Very yummy!

I also have a spring in my back yard.

Im so jealous! That has to be magnicifient. It sounds like you live in a really pretty aera. What part of the states do you live in if you dont mind me asking? Im a middle tennessean myself.
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« Reply #9 on: April 16, 2005 01:16:40 PM »

Thank you.  I live in a small village in south western Wisconsin, a mile away from the Mississippi.  This is a very pretty area.
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