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Oh Promise Meeeeee!

  • To: Multiple recipients of list <iris-l@rt66.com>
  • Subject: Oh Promise Meeeeee!
  • From: The Hiltibidals <dutchman@fgi.net>
  • Date: Thu, 4 Jun 1998 19:53:12 -0600 (MDT)

After the last time I quoted Organic Gardening Mag, I swore off for ever
and ever - but this time there's something all Iris growers ought to
evaluate and consider just in case there's truly something to it:

"....beneficial nematodes....according to research at the University of
Maryland, the nematodes - a natural, nontoxic product that consists of tiny
soil-dwelling wroms - can control iris borers even better than chemical
insecticides do.  Maryland researchers ...tested two commercial nematode
products (HB and SC types) and two chemical insecticdes, and found that
while the insecticides and one of the nematodes killed 87% of the borers,
the SC nematodes provided TOTAL control of borers. To use the nematodes
inyour own iris borderk apply the product (mixed with water) in spring, as
soon as soil temperatures reach 50 deg F at a depth of 5 inches.  Keep the
bed moist for at least a week.  You can buy SC nematodes from Peaceful
Valley Farm Supply, Box 2209, Grass Valley, CA  95945 - free catalog."

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Sharon Hiltibidal

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