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Re: USDA wordson the soil's glue

In a message dated 2/8/03 9:23:17 PM Eastern Standard Time, 
chris@widom-assoc.com writes:

> gardeners?  Like instead of applying Humic Acid, I might be purchasing a
> gallon of glomalin?

Just wondering.  The tilth of the soil, the water retention stasis or the 
opposite, the pH, numerous other accessory factors?  A good gardener will 
find a way to grow.   Gardeners, their hierarchal form called 
horticulturists, may have a busy life to which the pleasure of a garden will 
need to come in stages. Chemistry may be a bit much for some initially.  When 
a problem arises, a solution is sought.  Beyond that will come in time.

Some of our gardeners have small children, a job, a mortgage, older parents, 
continuing education (teachers and nurses for instance) and some personal 
life.  A few plants light an interest and if a complete devotion to the 
requirements of degree is not possible, the garden should not be put away.  I 
would not ask any amateur in any field of science field ( all I know) to 
change hats.  I don't want to be a lawyer.   BTW,  amateurs have been 
responsible for many new introductions, for improvements in species, many 
areas of horticulture.  How 'Bout the famed Russell lupines, the creation of 
a mailman.

This is most definitely not to denigrate continuing learning but rather to 
encourage it.  I can read a chemistry abstract but I will damned if I will in 
place of day in the gardens.  

Claire Peplowski
NYS z4

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