[Market-farming] On damp off:

Road's End Farm organic87 at frontiernet.net
Wed Feb 15 08:49:40 EST 2012

I strongly suspect that damping off is also suppressed by the use of a  
live compost-based potting soil that's full of beneficial organisms.

I've been starting transplants organically for twenty five years now,  
using such potting soils, and not sterilizing anything. I've never had  
the problem.

That of course isn't a guarantee that nobody ever will, using this  
technique. The world is lacking in guarantees. But starting in sterile  
potting mixes seems to me to be starting off with a vacuum that  
something is going to come in to fill.

-- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 6A now I think
Fresh-market organic produce, small scale

On Feb 15, 2012, at 8:08 AM, MAsteveINE wrote:

> This bit from UCON states well what we were told by our mentors and  
> teachers.
>  My experience as a grower and as a visiter to many other growers is  
> that a
> fungicide program is good insurance as there is little or no  
> prediction as to when damp
> off will occur. It is one of those "not yet" rather than "never"  
> deals; organic or not.
> MAsteveINE
> http://www.hort.uconn.edu/ipm/greenhs/htms/dampofgh.htm
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Seeding issues
> Aaaah, so that's why my organic transplants do so well!  ;-))
> _______________________________________________

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