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Volunteer tomatoes
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E. Ray    Posted 10-04-2004 at 04:43:10       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Last June (I think it was) our sewer stopped-up. I dug it out, fixed the problem but, did not back-fill the ditch. Yesterday thought I would take of that. The place have over-grown during the summer and while I was clean it up, found the nicest tomatoes I have seen all summer. This might be a silly question but, I donít know the answer. Are these tomatoes fit to eat? Have never heard of someone admitting to eating volunteer tomatoes from this source. I have no problem (I donít think, weíll see) eating them but, donít want to get sick and someone telling me I should have known better.................thanks................E. Ray

RN    Posted 10-04-2004 at 18:03:31       [Reply]  [No Email]
Possible problems? Hepatitus, criptosporidium(?sp), E-coli bacteria- low probable, clean and possibly cooked if worried. From commercial process plants possible heavy metals from industrial drains. Milwaukee Milorganite bag warnings. RN

big al    Posted 10-04-2004 at 17:43:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
tennessee does not need prostitutes they all volunteer

Les    Posted 10-04-2004 at 16:38:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
Why not? We used to grow "volunteer" tomatoes, pumpkins and squash on the manure pile all the time.
And where do you think the Vietnamese get the fertilizer for them rice paddies?

Greg    Posted 10-04-2004 at 15:27:29       [Reply]  [No Email]
Knew a fella that had a good sized garden and a septic tank pumping business. He pumped his tank truck out on the garden all the time. He cleaned one out in the dark one time and came home and emptied out the truck on 60 or 70 tomato plants in the dark. He was headed in to town for coffee the next morning when he saw some of his buddies parked by his garden down the road. He went down and saw that he had a couple hundred condoms hanging on the plants. They never did let him forget about his special crop.

Rickstir    Posted 10-04-2004 at 09:25:53       [Reply]  [No Email]
This happened in FL about 20 years ago. A town offered "processed" sewage as a soil builder. Thousands of tomatoe plants came up. Seems the human digestive system does not destroy tomatoe seeds. They are perfectly safe to eat. My grandmother had a plum tree on the site of an old outhouse. Best plums you ever ate!

Chad K    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:54:27       [Reply]  [No Email]
I wouldn't eat them..because....
all tomatoes taste like $h!t to me!!

hehehe, I just had to...

Fern(Mi)    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:50:43       [Reply]  [No Email]
Found them a bit strong and had concerns over them coming from the sewage plant. Otherwise, not sure?

mojo    Posted 10-04-2004 at 04:47:47       [Reply]  [No Email]
Enjoy them, I would anyway unless you taste or smell something bad. Mother Nature has the best filtration system ever devised.

Donna from Mo    Posted 10-04-2004 at 04:44:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sure, they're fine to eat.

jeanette    Posted 10-04-2004 at 05:54:36       [Reply]  [No Email]
i know a guy who sprays liquid poo on the fields and he says tomatoes come up all the time. sounds a little gross to me but what the heck it's just fertilizer.

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