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Re: tomato woes

Yeah,  cook it.  But that would mean it would be out of commission during
that time.  I solarized the previous owner's vegetable garden since it was
so full of thistle and bindweed.  Here in Indiana it takes a whole summer to
solarize, but I think you could accomplish the same in 4-6 weeks in
California.  Articles I've read about the technique indicate plants do
amazingly better after solarization, that it not only kills pathogens and
weeds but somehow improves the soil's ability to provide to plants.  I don't
know if it would help your wilt problem, but it can't hurt, other than
halting your use of that bed for that time.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tchessie" <tchessie@comcast.net>
To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Wednesday, June 30, 2004 11:21 AM
Subject: RE: [CHAT] tomato woes

> Solarization?  You mean cook the veggie garden?
> Theresa
> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net]On
> Behalf Of James R. Fisher
> Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2004 4:22 PM
> To: gardenchat@hort.net
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] tomato woes
> Tchessie wrote:
> > Well-
> > I've tried antifungals, crop rotatation, resistant varieties, wishing
> > praying, but once again  I have wilt on 2 of my tomato plants (I always
> > forget if it is fusarium or verticilium).  Either way, I ripped out one
> > plant 2 weeks ago, today I ripped out my Sweet 100.  It, of course is
> loaded
> > with green tomatos (I picked all of the ripe and almost ripe ones and
> > brought inside).  Bought killed me to yank it.  Is there anything that
> gets
> > rid of this problem???  I'm seriously considering removing the soil and
> > replacing it- except I wouldn't have a clue how much to remove or if
> > would be a backache in vain!  Of course, this is the BEST spot in the
> garden
> > to grow tomatos (south wall, raised bed).  Rats!!
> >
> > Theresa
> > Sac, CA
> >
> > P.S.  Thanks to David, Jesse, Kitty and Jim for chiming in on the
> "politics"
> > snit.  Was too tired to bother, but happy someone did.
> And you're sure it's wilt ? You have no root nematodes in CA as they do in
> Florida ? I guess you can't get methyl bromide any more, that would cure
> for sure. Does anybody know if solarization works against bacterial rots ?
> I suspect it would, and that might be your best bet.
> -jrf
> --
> Jim Fisher
> Vienna, Virginia USA
> 38.9 N 77.2 W
> USDA Zone 7
> Max. 105 F [40 C], Min. 5 F [-15 C]
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