[Market-farming] strawberry roots straight down or not

Scott Breneman sbreneman at yourgoodwill.org
Tue May 22 09:32:31 EDT 2012


Thanks Richard, 

I had a hunch/hope it wouldn't make a significant difference, but nobody could explain why the planting guides insisted on straight.  
Sounds kind of like the 5 dollar or 50 dollar hole when planting a new tree argument.

Scott

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Today's Topics:

   1. Sprayer Wand (Marty Kraft)
   2. strawberry roots when planting?  straight or not (Scott Breneman)
   3. Re: strawberry roots when planting? straight or not
      (Richard Robinson)
   4. Harlequin bugs, revisited (Steve Diver)


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Date: Wed, 16 May 2012 20:03:40 -0500
From: Marty Kraft <martyk at allspecies.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] Sprayer Wand
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I have a Gilmore hand held pump sprayer. I sprayed a number of beds and my lower back hurts. In order to spray i have to bend over to get close enough, especially to get under the leaves. I'm looking for a longer wand so i don't have to bend over like that. Does anyone know where to get a longer wand?

Thanks

Marty Kraft
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Every planting guide I've seen says "roots must be planted straight down"  but does not explain why.  If our have a bit of a J shape  due to planting with a waterwheel, is that going to impede their growth significantly? 

Scott 

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Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 08:51:44 -0400
From: Richard Robinson <rrobinson at nasw.org>
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] strawberry roots when planting? straight
	or not
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I've always wondered as well. Here's a study suggesting it doesn't matter:

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/hs232

"...Treatments consisted of transplants set in the conventional planting with roots in a ?J? root shape, and transplants set in holes that were enlarged using a small hand spade to accommodate the entire length of the transplant's root system in a vertical orientation (straight rooted)...No significant differences were detected for marketable yield or any other variable during any period..."

which is good, because of the thousand plants I put in yesterday, I'd guess only half were completely straight down.

  Richard Robinson
  www.nasw.org/users/rrobinson/
  Hopestill Farm
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On 5/17/2012 at 8:48:18 AM, Scott Breneman wrote:
> Every planting guide I've seen says "roots must be planted straight down"
> but does not explain why.  If our have a bit of a J shape  due to 
> planting with a waterwheel, is that going to impede their growth significantly?
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> Scott
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Date: Thu, 17 May 2012 08:17:29 -0500
From: Steve Diver <steved at ipa.net>
Subject: [Market-farming] Harlequin bugs, revisited
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What organic methods have anybody found that works against harlequin bugs?

We got some of that new ORMI-approved Azera (pyganic + azadirachitn) and it appears to be really effective for squash bugs and flea beetles, also cucumber beetles, but we only use as a last resort due to it expense -- similar to Entrust.

Azera appears to knock harlequin bugs down, but then 90% get up and start moving around after 20 minutes.

I think we have the Pyganic 1.4.   Would the Pyganic 5.0 make
a difference?

As soon as the brassicas/arugula are gone I don't see harlequin bugs hanging around on summer crops, but there is a window of infestation in spring when they cause a headache.

Steve Diver
Texas








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