Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: West coast of the east coast of the USA.
Even in NY you'll have bouts with fusarium wilt, early blight, late blight among many others. I couldn't get the pdf to open due to problems on my end but I've seen the studies before. If you garden long enough and talk to commercial farmers and small urban community farms you learn that it appears great under controlled conditions but in real world scenarios it fails miserably. If it were practical every farm would do it. And I know of none that do. At least here.
Heirlooms are great. They seem to have a better flavor than many of the hybrids. The hybrids seem to have the subtle tones bred out. Don't get me wrong, I plant many hybrids. But I've also planted heirlooms.
As for the microbial activity. In my experience when you're out there working in the dirt you seem to build up a resistance to it. i don't know about your childhood but I seem to remember playing in dirt. And I would venture I probably ate more than my share whether voluntarily or not. All my son ever wants to do is "Play Dirt". Of course now I seem to be a little OCD on certain things. You should have seen how many napkins I use to use feeding my son. (I have cut it down. But not much. And it's almost worse now that he feeds himself. I just want to keep cleaning his face.) Can't even count how many times I've been working on a car and grabbed a sandwich with greasy hands.
I'll pick a cherry tomato and rub it on my pant leg or shirt and wolf it down. No pesticides.
My season down here is opposite yours. In fact I have two seasons. I've got tomatoes, squash, cukes, corn, pole and bush beans down. Next month cold crops go in. Lettuces, Broccoli, radishes, carrots, etc. Come January it's time to start tomato seed again along with eggplant and peppers. etc.
Dilution is the solution for the pollution.
Quote me as saying I was misquoted.
Once you get rid of integrity the rest is a piece of cake.
Here's to our wives and sweethearts - may they never meet.
If you agreed with me we'd both be right.