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A Tree Grows in — Well, You Don’t Want to Know

The New York Times - By C. CLAIBORNE RAY

Q. At my uncle’s farm, many years ago, there was a plum tree growing near the outhouse. The family never ate that fruit. Was that precaution necessary? A. Maybe not. The tree would not have carried any disease-causing microbes from root to fruit. People have long planted fruit trees where outhouses …

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