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Pathogen control and Sterilization

Posted by Lynsey Lampkins on

Growing- Healthy plants naturally protect themselves from virus and fungal infection by creating antiseptic compounds within their leaves in the same way our skin does. However, when environmental stress causes their natural immunity to fail it becomes necessary to sterilize the affected area removing all fungal and bacterial spore colonies until the plant returns to health. You can use a variety of organic oils to accomplish this. Including tea tree, rosemary, or garlic oils. If you have suspected a viral pathogen removing the affected plants and allowing the soil to solarize completely over one summer before replanting will usually stop...

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Environmental control

Posted by Lynsey Lampkins on

  Like the flora of the soil, the life within your garden can provide protection against pests and increase pollination. Pest invasions are naturally followed by an increase in predators. Passive pest control aims at creating a suitable environment for the beneficial insects so their population can fluctuate along with the pests. This can be achieved by inter planting pollen sources to provide food when the pest level is low, as well as avoiding chemically based pesticides and using organic products minimally (you never want to spray anything on a pollen source, or treat a plant that doesn't have a...

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Soil Structure

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<Arizona has a variety of soil structures including sandy, clay (caleche) and rocky. While this provides plenty of secondary and trace minerals initially, it does not provide the rich organic matter that retains water and provides primary nutrients, Compost must be incorporated into existing soil to create a constantly moist root environment for most plants. Aeration must be maintained in a field/ garden either by mechanical or natural processes. Cutting plants off at the base and allowing the root mass to degrade naturally, as well as incorporating worms into the soil is a passive alternative to tilling. Arizona soils are...

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