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A neighbor has mature black walnut trees not far from where I set up my vegetable patch. Another neighbor told me that she was unable to grow vegetables because of the proximity of the black walnuts. This is my third year of gardening. The dark, green leafys have done well in the space, while others have met with mixed success. The biggest failures have been the tomatoes. Plenty of sun, and the tomatoes come along nicely through July, but they seem to get stunted and shrivelled before the big red payoff. Sun is not the issue. Is it the black walnut trees that are to blame?
Indeed the substance produced by black walnut roots is allelopathic, or toxic, to many other plants…including tomatoes. A friend has the same problem at her house. So frustrating. I was interested to learn what other plants are affected negatively like the tomatoes, and it’s a list of various gardening favorites, including apple trees, potatoes, rhododendron, blueberries… Check out this Ohio State fact sheet on the topic for more details: http://ohioline.osu.edu/hyg-fact/1000/1148.html
I garden under black walnuts and have been compiling a list of what will grow. I’m happy to share it if anyone is interested. They are frustrating for food growers!
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‘never stop wanting more plants, my garden mentor instilled in me 20-plus years ago, regularly reminding me of another gardener, past 90, who still lusts for every new thing he can get a cutting of. I promise not to, until I myself am back in the soil.’