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Old November 27, 2017   #271
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I have spent the past few days picking up my plastic mulch and pulling huge Johnson Grass roots out of my beds. I had the epiphany that perhaps that is how I am managing to cultivate a disease much farther north than it should live - the fusarium is overwintering on the Johnson Grass. The roots live in dormancy all winter after the tops freeze off.
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Old November 27, 2017   #272
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Yo Cole, FWIS Worth, i am still eating toms from garage - here in Central Indiana. Don't know if decease from side and back beds will gravitate to my new raised bed?? Even the raised bed showed white flies, horned worms, and grey mold. 110 plants all tolled and raised bed only showed blue/grey mold, horn worms, and white flies. Had 30 potted toms - will not bother next year - too much upkeep for little yield. Gotta get on Marsha's site - looking for something similar to a Colapari?
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Old November 27, 2017   #273
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The best I have done with container plants is a dwarf in a 5-gallon bucket. I place the bucket in a kiddie pool or other shallow bin to water it. The wind likes to knock them over, though.

Everything I read says that fusarium also affects pepper plants, but mine seem to do fine. Therefore, I shall grow mostly peppers next year.
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Old November 27, 2017   #274
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Fusarium does effect pepper plants. It stunts their growth, but I still have peppers here in late November.
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Old November 27, 2017   #275
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The odd looking thing in the second picture on the post above is my cat rolling around under the pepper plant. Can you see it?
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Old November 27, 2017   #276
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I have spent the past few days picking up my plastic mulch and pulling huge Johnson Grass roots out of my beds. I had the epiphany that perhaps that is how I am managing to cultivate a disease much farther north than it should live - the fusarium is overwintering on the Johnson Grass. The roots live in dormancy all winter after the tops freeze off.
Cole, have you ever grown Momotaro tomatoes before? Kitazawa seeds sells Momotaro Tough Boy 93 and Momotaro Tough Boy Fight, they are expensive and you have to buy 1000 seed packet ($226) that is supposed to be fusarium resistant. They do sell small packets of these seeds thru Amazon $7 for a dozen seeds (ouch!), they may be worth a try. I'm doing the Japanese theme this year, tomatoes, peppers and squash.
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I had one plant of Rebelski last season. It is $1 a seed, but a generous gift from a fellow t'viller. It grew and produced ok, as it is resistant to F too, but it still gets the disease. It just takes longer to kill the plant. It was ok, but too firm for my liking, as are most hybrids. I can handle garden hybrids like Big Beef, Jet Star, and Early Girl, but all of the others I have tried are too firm for me. I have never had any of the super-expensive hybrid seed make a tomato I like to eat. Thanks for the suggestion, though. Good luck with your Japanese theme.
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