Re: [tomato] Tomato Digest V1 #154

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (
Sat, 27 Feb 1999 17:04:45 -0500

>> But one thing that has always baffled me are these people who say they
have 50 or more tomato plants... if they are growing that many plants, they
must be swimming in that suff every year or they are selling a lot of

I wouldn't want to further confuse you so please be aware that I supply
about 20  neighborhood families with tomatoes (free) and send several
bushels a week to the Nursing Home where my wife works. We can about 50
quarts of fruit as well as juice and I barter for all of the rest of our
vegetables at produce stands and farmers' markets. In addition I have been
sending free seed of heirloom tomatoes all over the world for several
years. The only thing that has changed is that recently things got to the
point where I had to either charge a small fee or stop sending out seed. 
Last year I sent out over 3,000 packets of tomato seed at no charge to
anybody and my bank account showed it. As a result I have opened a web site
and market seed at a whole dollar a pack from it. That's about half the
going rate from catalogs and my list is more complete as far as open
pollinated than any other retail source I know of.

It is my understanding that gardeners have been putting VAM fungi on crops
since Agriculture began.  The raw material is manure, isn't it.  How did
your friend discover a way to distill it?

I, for one, am tired of this encessant sales pitch and hope you feel you
have made your point.  I will use manure as I always have to activate the
fungi in my soil.

Good gardening,
Chuck Wyatt