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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 10, 2017 11:51 AM CST
Is there anyway to prevent southern blight ?
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Name: Sue
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sooby
Aug 10, 2017 1:01 PM CST
If it's already in your soil its difficult because it can affect so many different plants, which is somewhat unusual, and it can survive in the soil for a long time. If you don't already have it then you can try to avoid bringing it into your garden. If you do already have it then soil solarization is one suggestion. There are some more in this article:

https://www.lsu.edu/agricultur...

This one also mentions biological methods;
http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/pp272
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Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 11, 2017 10:41 AM CST
@Philipwonel
Philip-. You prevent Southern blight by having good healthy living soil. Lots of compost, lots of aged manure, and anything good you can dig in. I try to let bags of soil, conditioners etc. sit in the sun before using. I have extremely high temps here. Watch where you get your plants from. Seedlings can succumb quickly. When you purchase just set them aside for a couple of days.

The interesting thing that I have found is that almost every disease or root knot nematodes can not take over if you have good healthy living soil. Soil with pieces in different stages of decomposition can be especially good in certain areas. The problem in the south is that you use up your soil nutrients very quickly. Probably two to three times as fast as northern areas. My soil will be loamy. It looks great, then ends up being tired sand in a few months. Poor soil for sure grows poor plants susceptible to everything. Just like with people, "germs"are every where, if your immune system is good, you do not need to worry about most of them.

If you have problems Solarize! That works on blight, other diseases, and nematodes. In between plantings, if the temps will be high enough, cover your ground and heat it up.

An old southern gardener once said, "If you continually have problems with your soil, bacteria and fungus, etc. or you can not get things to grow or grow properly... use baking soda." That has always stuck with me. I have sand -- no build up of baking soda to worry about. I watch what the temps will be. I have so many variables and steps before I use it. There was never an amount given, directions, or whether to apply it wet or dry. I give it a prayer and use a common sense approach.

Why would baking soda work? My guess is that something is off in the soil to cause a problem. Baking soda neutralizes it long enough to give the good things time to work. I do not have a background in this area so that is a guess only. Maybe the conditions here are perfect for it to work for me. I do know with a swimming pool, when there is an imbalance, you quickly encounter problems. If I added baking soda to the pool and waited, I had more accurate readings. It seemed like it took less chemicals and they worked more efficiently to fix the problem.
Did baking soda by itself fix a problem? No, it was a helpful tool.

All I can say is to try things. I now have lists of what yields results that I like. There are many studies out there, read what they did or did not do. What I notice is one agricultural group will have success with or doing something. When they try to replicate in many different areas, they get different results or it seems to not work. I think that there might be too many variables beyond control. My philosophy is.... It may not work everywhere but it could work somewhere. What if my yard is the somewhere.

Good Soil Thumbs up An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Many blessings for your success!


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Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 11, 2017 2:34 PM CST
May the grace of the Lord ! Be with us all there Althea !😇!
I thought you were mad at me !
For my comment about your user name ! It just didn't connect to my brain.
Althea ! Is a beautiful name.
What county are you from ?
It's Cool, if you don't want to say !!!

Thank You ! For responding, to my question. 😇 Bless your heart !

Talking about old farmers tales. My dad, told me to put a tablespoon of sugar into the hole before planting a tomato plant to prevent nematodes !

It works ! Thumbs up

Since this is nematode country ! I do it with everything i plant.

Them nematodes, attack, everything.

Than You, and Blees, you again !
😇😇😇

😎😎😎

Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 12, 2017 1:30 AM CST
Philip-- Who could get mad at you? You can call me Sharon.

You must have the sweetest tomatoes around! I may have use some sugar in my plantings. Thumbs up Or maybe unsulphured molasses.

Sugar makes sense to me . People always want to pour salt on a stump. I have been told NO! Pour sugar on them, that is what gets the break down party started! Sugar probably calls a lot of good organisms, and maybe they send those nematodes packing!

May God Bless you and your family abundantly!
I prefer to walk in the light, I prefer a world where people want to be kind and bless each other, I prefer a God who loves and shares so much that he gave up his only Son for me. I prefer to choose the God of Abraham. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 12, 2017 6:04 AM CST
Healthy compost will reduce root nematodes by increasing the number of preying microbes on them.
Name: Philip Becker
Fresno California (Zone 8a)
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Philipwonel
Aug 12, 2017 6:53 AM CST
Well : Sharon 😁😁😁
Thank goodness 😇😇😇
I've been known to pee people off.
Because ! I inguage my mouth, before my brain. 👺Opps !

Very interesting. Sugar also to get stump rot started. I'll have to remember that. Thumbs up

Molasses !😕! Instead of sugar ? Don't know about that ?

Bless you allways. 😇😇😇
😎😎😎
Anything i say, could be misrepresented, or wrong.
Name: Yardenman
Maryland (Zone 7a)
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Yardenman
Aug 12, 2017 7:02 AM CST
Philipwonel said:Well : Sharon 😁😁😁
Thank goodness 😇😇😇
I've been known to pee people off.
Because ! I inguage my mouth, before my brain. 👺Opps !

Very interesting. Sugar also to get stump rot started. I'll have to remember that. Thumbs up

Molasses !😕! Instead of sugar ? Don't know about that ?

Bless you allways. 😇😇😇
😎😎😎


To decay tree stumps fast, those commercial products are junk. Bit drilling holes and filling them with sugar or milk work the feed microbes.

Covering the stumps with plastic increases the humidity and helps keeping the microbes from being washed away.

Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 12, 2017 7:11 AM CST
Molasses is sugar. It is made from boiling the canes. Therefore,
Molasses equals sugar. Many recipes for use in the the garden call for unsulphured blackstrap molasses. All of it makes sense.

May everyone be blessed with a wonderful day!
I prefer to walk in the light, I prefer a world where people want to be kind and bless each other, I prefer a God who loves and shares so much that he gave up his only Son for me. I prefer to choose the God of Abraham. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.
Name: Sharon Rose
Grapevine, TX (Zone 8a)
Grace of the Lord Jesus be with all
Daylilies Composter Cottage Gardener Hibiscus Enjoys or suffers hot summers Zinnias
Salvias Bulbs Amaryllis Lilies Clematis Region: Texas
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Altheabyanothername
Aug 12, 2017 7:23 AM CST
Yardenman. -- Thank You!

Glad to know that about stumps. Thumbs up
I had known about sugar, but not milk. Milk makes sense, too!
I will take a little milk and sugar with my tree stump! Maybe get it done twice as fast! Big Grin

May you be abundantly blessed!
I prefer to walk in the light, I prefer a world where people want to be kind and bless each other, I prefer a God who loves and shares so much that he gave up his only Son for me. I prefer to choose the God of Abraham. Let there be peace and let it begin with me.

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