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Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

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Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

Post  miinva on 9/6/2010, 11:31 pm

I suspect we lost our tomatoes to fusilarium, so I'm concerned about it being in the soil. Any advice about avoiding it next year? I put out some white rice today to start my own Beneficial Indigenous Organisms Smile

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Re: Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

Post  Megan on 9/6/2010, 11:39 pm

@miinva wrote:I suspect we lost our tomatoes to fusilarium, so I'm concerned about it being in the soil. Any advice about avoiding it next year? I put out some white rice today to start my own Beneficial Indigenous Organisms Smile

Please expand on that? Smile
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Re: Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

Post  miinva on 9/6/2010, 11:42 pm

I read a couple of articles and followed the instructions on this one:

http://www.ctahr.hawaii.edu/oc/freepubs/pdf/BIO-9.pdf

I'll let you know how it goes Smile It looks to be a bit of an unpleasant process, but hopefully it's worth it Smile I'm going to try to do some Lacto Bacilli as well.

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Re: Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

Post  herbarium on 9/7/2010, 10:10 am

I try to prevent diseases such as fusarium by spraying with liquid kelp. Kelp may also cure diseases and it provides micronutrients. I spray my entire yard because the nutrients are important and in addition to preventing disease has been shown to make plants more frost tolerant and drought tolerant. There is also a liquid sea vegetable which is supposed to be even better so I look forward to trying that.

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Re: Any advice about avoiding fusilarium next year?

Post  martha on 9/7/2010, 1:23 pm

I have posted elsewhere about solarizing one's soil over the winter, which should help.

Unfortunately, this attached article seems to be a big part of the problem.

I had some "composted top-soil" brought in this year for non-SFG use. As I whined, er I mean, mentioned earlier this year, I had back trouble right when it was time to get to work in the garden, and my helper put a bunch of the stuff into my SFG's. I am not sure if I have fusarium or verticullum wilt, but the below excerpt from the article reinforces my belief that the imported soil was the source.


found on http://attra.ncat.org/attra-pub/soilborne.html
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Soil-borne diseases result from a reduction of biodiversity of soil organisms. Restoring beneficial organisms that attack, repel, or otherwise antagonize disease-causing pathogens will render a soil disease-suppressive. Plants growing in disease-suppressive soil resist diseases much better than in soils low in biological diversity. Beneficial organisms can be added directly, or the soil environment can be made more favorable for them through use of compost and other organic amendments. Compost quality determines its effectiveness at suppressing soil-borne plant diseases. Compost quality can be determined through laboratory testing.whined
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