Charles E. Page, Aug. 1998
We planted seven tomato plants rather late in the spring. Six of them have done well, having an abundance of leaves as well as fruit. The seventh, as it looks now, is different from the rest. All of them were staked up and the first six have grown to a usual three to four feet in height. The seventh we used as an experimental project. This project has to do with the adaptation of species to different environments, especially elevation above sea level where plants are grown. By accident, as many scientific discoveries happen, we discovered a connection in this between the plant world and animal world.
This seventh tomato has grown to an amazing height of ten feet and still growing!! The explanation for this is also amazing. When doing the planting, we dug holes about eighteen inches long, put the plants in one end and filled the rest of the hole with a big shovel full of compost. The only difference with the seventh was the addition of about a quart of dried horse manure taken from the arena of a horse farm located on the top of Jackson Hill near Boonville, New York. We picked this location from which to obtain the manure because of its high elevation. It must be at least 1400 feet compared to 400 or 500 feet here in Oneida.
It has been shown that animals become acclimated to a certain atmospheric pressure, and their bodily functions adapt as well. This bodily adaptation is carried over chemically to their bodily functions and hence, the chemical composition of their manure is effected.
When plants begin to assimilate this particular blend of fertilizer, the plant's cells react. In this case due to the extreme elevation factor, the horses and their manure, adapted to the high elevation, transferred its adapted genes to the plant. And the plant began to try to return to its original home environment where the atmospheric pressure was lower. Hence, the plant is reaching for the sky trying to get to the familiar home setting.
This discovery, amazing as it is, has understandably created some controversy. Some scientists have even called it a lot of B.S. But the height of the plant is self-evident. In the scientific world this has created quite a stink. However the facts have been proven and well documented. It is not a bunch of B.S.---H.S., maybe!
Copyright©1998 Charles E. Page
This was previously published by The Oneida Daily Dispatch in its newspaper insert which comes out once a month or so, entitled "R.D.#1". The Tomato story was on p.10 of the October 1998 issue. My thanks to the Dispatch. Charles E. Page,BS.HS.
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