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Re: Jim's new picture links


Gee, I don't know.  Just seemed like cleanliness would be a good idea.  You
know, getting off to a fresh start. No real logic to it.  Just seemed like
things should be clean.  Most seed instructions suggest sterilizing compost
don't they?
Kitty

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Donna" <justme@prairieinet.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 13, 2004 8:14 PM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] Jim's new picture links


> Many plants need bacteria of some sort to grow... like a host item. Why
> would you want it sterile?
>
> Donna
>
> >
> > Not sure sterile is a requirement unless you are trying tissue
> culture.
> > Maybe not even then. Most plants have been around a lot longer than
> > people have--and have been subjected to all sorts of pathogens, most
> of
> > which they have adopted mechanisms to deal with.
> >
> > It's also not likely that cuttings would introduce soil-borne pests
> > [nematodes, for instance] into the medium.
> >
> > The real danger in my boxes, I think, are fungi--damp off and that
> ilk,
> > which is why I use RooTone.
> >
> > On Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at 01:10 PM, Kitty wrote:
> >
> > > Auralie, that's a good idea, though I could never do it in the
> kitchen.
> > > Perhaps on the lightstand, which I usually cover up for the summer.
> I
> > > guess
> > > what amazed me most about your and Jim's methods was that the medium
> > > isn't
> > > fresh for each use, nothing really sterile.
> > >
> > > Kitty
> > >
> > Island Jim
> > Southwest Florida
> > 27.0 N, 82.4
> > Zone 10a
> > Minimum 30 F [-1 C]
> >
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