Re: [tomato] seed borne

margaret lauterbach (
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 11:46:58 -0600

>I lost 1/3 of my pepper and tomato crop 1 year out of 50 years of
>gardening. This was the one and only year I bought seeds from Totally
>Tomatoes.     My normal crop loss is less than 2%
>Oh yes I lost 50% of my crop one year due to a late snow storm
>24" of heavy wet stuff. I suppose that makes me a bad gardener also
>  There are quite a few seed borne diseases out there, and folks like
>you who distribute imported, untested seeds, help spread these
>diseases. While looking for that data on TMV, I found that there are
>more reported cases of TMV in Sweet Bells in Calif. than in the whole
>US tobacco crop. It would not surprise to see the day when we get
>an imported disease that wipes out everything. TomTMV is one of
>them that has started. 
>As far as mink manure goes, I had a site from Nels Peterson explaining
>the stuff, Regretfully I lost the addy in a crash. I know the stuff is in
>very limited supply, and available to only a few Northern teir state 
Most of us know that youdon't have far to go to get organic manure for your
garden, Byron. But for those who might tend to believe you, the seeds from
healthy plants will not carry disease.  Chuck Wyatt knows tomato disease
when he sees it, and he's not about to send out seeds from any contaminated
plant. For being a "knowledgeable gardener," Byron has experienced
calamities greater than the labors of Hercules, and his potions from the
self-styled "master gardener" Jerry Baker have left him with quite a
laundry list of malevolent insects. He's killed off the beneficial insects.
 Then he quotes a "Philip Morris professor" to uphold his claim that
tobacco mosaic virus isn't a major factor in solanaceae in the U.S.  Wow!
How objective! Is anyone surprised that the fellow is not going to knock
tobacco?  You can even find a creationist among the ranks of university
scientists.  I'd like to put the sock in Byron.  Margaret L