Re: [gardeners] Re: Mycorrhiza questions...

Thomas Giannou (
Mon, 19 Oct 1998 17:30:41 -0700

Catherine says:
>   Thomas, I am sorry you do not follow my reasoning. I'm not interested,
however, in engaging in circular debates. I stand by my observation that you
have extrapolated from the results you say you have observed *in your
garden* and said/implied/promised that these results can be replicated in
ALL gardens. That's not science in my experience and practice.


Actually, I have said that I have seen some things replicated and I do know
how to replicate some of what I have done this year in my garden.  But in no
way have I said, implied, promised etc., that these results can be
replicated in ALL gardens.  In fact, I've cited examples where certain
methods and conditions will prevent Mycorrhiza from ever working.  There are
traditional methods in so called "modern day agriculture" that are, in my
opinion, unfit for humanity in general.... that are being used by people in
their gardens which are detrimental to the micro-organizims in the soil...
that's what science has produced.

Common sense, on the other hand tells me that if I have good results with a
plant,  that I don't have to somehow justify those by also producing bad
results.  I only need to be able to replicate the good results.   Experience
also tells me, "I already know what bad results look like, so go forward
with the methods that work and refine them to make them better."   You can
call that snake oil or not science if you like.  You can even continue to
insinuate I haven't acheived those results, but that would be incorrect

Best Regards,
Thomas Giannou