How To Prevent Damping Off

Written by Marilyn Pokorney

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Damping off isrepparttar 113336 single term used to describe underground, soil line, or crown rots of seedlings due to unknown causes. The term actually covers several soil borne diseases of plants and seed borne fungi. The fungi which cause root rot are species of Phyium, Phytophthora, Rhizoctonia and Fusarium.

There are two types of damping off: pre-emergence and post- emergence. In pre-emergence damping-off, seeds may rot and seedlings may decay before they emerge. In post-emergence damping offrepparttar 113337 seedlings emerge then may pale, curl, wilt, and collapse from a rot atrepparttar 113338 soil line and below. The base ofrepparttar 113339 stem is generally water-soaked at first then turns gray to brown or black then rots.

Vegetable seedlings often do not grow well under humid conditions, particularly ifrepparttar 113340 soil is cold and wet. Damping off fungi flourish in moist, unhygienic conditions. The disease often starts at one end of a seed tray, and quickly spreads torepparttar 113341 other end. A fluffy fungal growth may also appear onrepparttar 113342 soil surface as well as onrepparttar 113343 dead seedlings.

What is Compost Tea?

Written by james ellison

What is Compost Tea?

Organic gardeners all know compost is fantastic stuff. But now, there's something even better and that's compost tea. If you start with a good compost you'll have a versatile elixir for all your garden needs. Compost tea helps prevent foliage diseases and atrepparttar same time increaserepparttar 113331 nutrients torepparttar 113332 plant and shutdownrepparttar 113333 toxins hurtingrepparttar 113334 plants. It will improverepparttar 113335 taste/flavor of your vegetables. So why not give this tea a try either by buying it or brewing it yourself. You won't believerepparttar 113336 results!

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    Compost tea that is correctly brewed has a wealth of microorganisms that will benefit your plants' growth and health as well asrepparttar 113341 soil that they live in. Compost tea can be considered yogurt forrepparttar 113342 soil. The microorganisms living there are both good and bad. Whatrepparttar 113343 tea does is make surerepparttar 113344 good guys win by introducing helpful bacteria, fungi, protozoa and beneficial nematodes.

    Harmful bacteria lives best in soil that does not have good air circulation. Good bacteria lives best and will thrive in soil that is well ventilated with oxygen. This is where a good compost tea, maderepparttar 113345 right way, comes in. When you have well oxygenated compost you automatically get rid of 3/4 ofrepparttar 113346 bad varmits. Also by using harmful insecticides or chemical fertilizers we reducerepparttar 113347 number of beneficial microorganisms inrepparttar 113348 soil.

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