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Name: Charles M.
Status: other
Age: 60s
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Date: 1999-2001 

Our neighbor has a black walnut tree. We have tried to plant tomatoes and cucumbers in our garden. They do okay for a period of time and then they eventually die. The neighbor is going to cut the walnut tree down. Will it be okay to plant tomatoes and cucumbers in our garden or is there poison from the walnut tree that will still effect the tomatoes and cucumbers? What effects the two vegetables, poison from the walnut leaves or poison from the roots of the walnut tree? Does there have to be a period (months or years before you can plant the two vegetables in the garden?) Would it be better if we moved the garden to another area of the yard?

Once your neighbor removes the tree, it would presumably take some time for the "juglone" to be removed from the soil. You might try another area of your yard farther from the walnut tree roots. For more on black walnuts and juglone, try searching

Anthony R. Brach

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