How To Prevent Damping Off

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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When preparing to plant be sure that flats, tools, plant containers, and benches are clean. Damping off pathogens can live in these containers. The easiest way to disinfect them is to dip them in a bleach solution for 10 seconds. Use 1 part bleach to 4 parts water. Or use 70 percent rubbing alcohol.

Plant in a light, well drained fertile seedbed. Preferably use sterile soils that have been pasteurized with heat before planting. Maintain a soil pH atrepparttar low end ofrepparttar 113332 average scale. A soil of 6.4 pH is less susceptible to root rot than a pH of 7.5. As plants are wateredrepparttar 113333 pH gradually increases. Test often and continue to maintain a lower pH whilerepparttar 113334 plants are still germinating. If necessary use one tablespoon of vinegar to 1 gallon of water to lower a rising pH level.

Plant seeds no deeper than 4 times their own thickness. Keeprepparttar 113335 seedbed soil onrepparttar 113336 dry side after planting and allow plenty of bright light but not direct sunlight.

Use plant containers with drainage holes, water fromrepparttar 113337 bottom only, and avoid excess watering. Do not allow pots to stand in water as excess water cannot drain andrepparttar 113338 roots will be starved for oxygen which will stop all growth of seedlings. Never water late inrepparttar 113339 day.

Avoid overcrowding and overfeeding of plants. Do not overfertilize, especially with nitrogen.

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What is Compost Tea?

Written by james ellison

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The following is taken fromrepparttar internet and shows compost tea is becoming a force in gardening.

National Organic Standards Board Compost Tea Task Force Report April 6, 2004 Introduction In 2003,repparttar 113331 National Organic Standards Board convened a Compost Tea Task Force to reviewrepparttar 113332 relevant scientific data and report their recommendations on ‘What constitutes a reasonable use of compost tea?’ The Task Force was composed of 13 individuals with knowledge and expertise in organic farming practices, organic certification, EPA pathogen regulations, compost, compost tea production and analysis, plant pathology, food safety and environmental microbiology.

Throughout their discussions, members consistently acknowledgedrepparttar 113333 growing interest among certified organic and conventional growers to use compost teas, andrepparttar 113334 need to develop effective biologically-based tools to manage plant fertility, pests, and diseases.

A primary reason for producing compost tea is to transfer microbial biomass, fine particulate organic matter, and soluble chemical components of compost into an aqueous phase that can be applied to plant surfaces and soils in ways not possible or economically feasible with solid compost.

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