[Market-farming] Re: Protecting against disease: tomato stakes, plant pots & trays, etc.

robert schuler sunnfarm at bellatlantic.net
Fri May 20 10:28:09 EDT 2005


I had bought used stakes and lost my crop to bacterial spot. I did not have the
disease on plants growing in the same field with new stakes. You should disinfect
stakes every year. An easier way is to rotate stakes like rotating land, leave the
stakes unused on a pile for at least three years. I burn up the twine. My stakes are
treated and seem to last forever I like treated better, the down side is I can not
use them for kindling... Bob.

Karen Sutherland and Roots Farm wrote:

> Greetings all,
>
> Does anyone know if bacterial disease will live on synthetic,
> non-biodegradable twines?
> If  disease can live on same, can one sterillize  using a bleach solution?
> Are such bleach solutions usually admissible under organic certification
> protocols?
> What is least amount still effective (both for bacterial disease and for
> the various viruses, fungi, etc. (like damping off) that can affect
> seedlings and plants?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Karen (writing from an unseasonable chilly zone 5 and longing for warm
> (now unseasonably, but blessedly, wet) zone 10)
>
> *Karen Sutherland **
> **Roots Farm**
> Organic Produce : Fruits, Roots, Vegetables & Herbs*
> Cockrane, Dominica
> 767-449-3038
> rootsfarm at marpin.dm <mailto:rootsfarm at marpin.dm>
>
>
>
> robert schuler wrote:
>
> >An acre of tomatoes on 6ft rows Florida weave eats up 2000 stakes, I don't
> >think HD would be too happy with the request. Wood stakes come 1400 to a pallet
> >all neatly bundled and ready to go at around 40 cents each. The nice thing
> >about rebar is bacterial disease will not live on metal and they don't break in
> >two other than that rebar can be quite unpleasant to handle and store.
> >Sunny Meadow Farm
> >Bridgeton, NJ.
> >
> >Tradingpost wrote:
> >
> >
> >
> >>Or better yet,
> >>You can go to Home Despot and let them cut it for you...first two cuts are
> >>free,after that 25 cents a cut. I'm sure other home centers also offer free
> >>cuts. No need to buy torches,or shears or new blades for that cutting. Let
> >>them waste their own blades. And save your equipment...also easier to
> >>transport........
> >>
> >>
> >
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