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Re: Fertilizing


Chick,

Monoculture in the Hosta bed.  Boy that is going to have a huge ecological
impact.  Those several hundred acre Hosta plots are going to be the breeding
grounds for the next great Hosta pest.  I am truely woried.

Jim A.

-----Original Message-----
From: Chick <chick@bridgewoodgardens.com>
To: hosta-open@mallorn.com <hosta-open@mallorn.com>
Date: Thursday, August 19, 1999 10:07 AM
Subject: Re: Fertilizing


>
>
>Butch Ragland wrote:
>
>> One bit of work seems to indicate that there would be 2 plant roots
feeding
>> at the same fungus. These 2 plants seem to pass minerals back and forth
to
>> each other? Wild eh! This same researcher suggest that mono culture is
not
>> good and a critical mass of 7 different plants are necessary for a
healthy
>> ecosystem. Our beds of nothing but hosta are not good for the hosta.
>>
>
>OK, I should probably keep my mouth shut, but statements like this drive me
>wacky.  "Our beds of nothing but hosta are not good for the hosta."  What
does
>that mean?  Not good in what way?  Have you ever seen Van Wade's beds of
>nothing but hostas?  We get a statement that one researcher suggests that
mono
>culture is not good and from that we draw the conclusion that we are
>mistreating our hostas.  In the world of research, theory, and philosophy,
the
>conclusion may be valid, but in the real world? Phooey. (Don't think I've
ever
>written that word before, so if it's mispelled forgive me.)
>
>After I mentioned that I visited Van's nursery this year, another hosta
grower
>said something to the effect: Sure he grows huge gorgeous hostas, but he
uses
>all that fertilizer and stuff and waters all the time and it's not natural.
>
>All right Van, knock it off!
>
>Chick
>
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