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Re: rot parade/plowed rows

In a message dated 96-10-04 11:19:06 EDT, you write:

>Do you have any theories why there is no rot in the plowed rows rather than
>raised bed et. al. (other than nature's perverse sense of humor)? How many 
>variteies do you grow?

As of this year, I think I am up around 300 varieties, a lot of them new this
year, mostly 80s introductions, about 1/3 older than that.

Three differences -
1) plowed rows are newer to iris (less accumulation of rot organisms)
2) better air circulation (wide row middles needed to accomodate tractor)
3) better aeration of soil (=faster infiltration of rain, looser soil is
'easier' for roots to grow in, roots (?and mycorhizae?) need oxygen)

who knows, maybe also no crickets chewing on the rhizomes.

Linda Mann lmann76543@aol.com east TN

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