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?
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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Welcome! I’m Margaret Roach, a leading garden writer for 25 years—at ‘Martha Stewart Living,’ ‘Newsday,’ and in three books. I host a public-radio podcast; I also lecture, plus hold tours at my 2.3-acre Hudson Valley (NY) Zone 5B garden, and always say no to chemicals and yes to great plants.