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Old January 15, 2019   #61
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Good info, GoDawgs!

In contrast, I have been sinfully lazy about my tode problem this offseason. I'm going with all resistant varieties for my in-ground tomatoes this year, and will be growing a few OP varieties in containers. I'll see how things shake out this year and look into some mitigation strategies if needed.

btw...I could have really done without the link from CLEMSON...
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Old January 15, 2019   #62
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GoDawgs, thank you for this immensely helpful post including the links. I have lots of things to try now!
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Old January 16, 2019   #63
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Glad to share info! And I hope that if anyone here has any treatment or method that they think possibly works to suppress RKN, they'll share it!

I'm going to run two separate trials this spring using summer squash which, along with cukes, seems to be the plants most susceptible to RKN in this garden. Right now the broccoli will be going down the middle of the bed where there's garlic along each side. That combo was great two springs ago. I think the broccoli benefitted from the extra nitrogen given to the garlic. When the broccoli comes out I will plant summer squash there.

The bed right next to that one will have green peas in it so when they're pulled out late May I'll put in more squash, use a molasses drench on those plants and see what happens.

I guess you could say that growing the early hybrid sweet corn in another RKN bed will be a third trial. It will be planted exactly like the successful heirloom dent corn was which was in 2' wide circles with 8 seeds spaced equally around the circumference of each circle. And, thanks to good notes, it will receive the exact same fertilizer regimen the heirloom got.

Come to think about it, while I have summer squash going I will test the usage of diatomaceous earth around their stems for squash bug suppression (another something I read about). I'm also going to try burying the squash stems 4' from the planting spot to initiate another rooting zone in case vine borers hit the main stem. Lots to do!

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Old January 16, 2019   #64
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I have crab meal and shrimp meal on hand to put in the planting holes, then I’ll follow up with a molasses drench once the weather warms up. I also have about eight 20 gal. containers of vermicompost to incorporate.
(This is for the rose border across the front of the house being planted in native soil.)
Please keep us all posted on progress and observations, Dawgs!
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