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Old January 4, 2017   #16
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in the general discussion area there are 2 threads 1 on November 1, and one on July 15 both started by ALittleSalt. Multiple pages each.
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Old January 4, 2017   #17
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Hope this is right place for this. Someone brought up electric tillers and I can't find the thread . Like to buy one if they're viable option for my needs. Thanks jimbo
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Old January 4, 2017   #18
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Hope this is right place for this. Someone brought up electric tillers and I can't find the thread . Like to buy one if they're viable option for my needs. Thanks jimbo
It is here http://www.tomatoville.com/showthread.php?t=43395
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Old January 4, 2017   #19
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Thanks Salt , marked page and wife agrees we need it!
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Old May 18, 2017   #20
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I agree...they are the bane of my gardening existence (that and gophers on my fruit trees). I'm also solarizing the bed this summer when the major heat comes in. I'm hoping that with the mustard, marigolds, and solarizing I can at least grow something in there next year -- even beans.
I solarized last summer. It worked nicely. Think I may do this every August as a maintenance.
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That is a lot of information!!
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Old June 22, 2017   #22
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I have found that tilling marigolds is like moving 3 steps backwards to go 2 steps forward. Counterproductive. Yes marigolds do help kill RKN. Tilling ruins the soil structure that allows predators nematodes to do their part.

Carolyn is right. Organic matter is important! But it is important to also consider the organic matter "highways" the predatory nematodes use are largely structured by soil glues (like glomalin). Tilling in especially sandy soil destroys that soil structure, even if you are tilling in organic matter. Much better to let the soil biology incorporate it. Most those organisms also have soil glues too, like the slime on earthworms.
Remember RKN are much smaller than predatory nematodes. They can flow right through the sand with the water. The predators being larger need channels.
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Here is a site I read the other day http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/a...nematodes.html It fits in this thread well.
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