Plants for Nematode Reduction?
I have all information Dawn and others shared on nematodes. Dawn's was most extensive and I learned a great deal.
1) Nematodes are a normal part of the garden.
2) Plant anyway.
3) Plant resistant varieties when possible.
4) Practice good gardening hygiene.
5) Purchase and introduction of anti-nematode nematodes (lol on verbiage) really doesn't justify my poverty-ridden behind buying them. I'll never know in my garden unless I try. If it gets really bad. I will.
6) Plant nematode fighters such as certain species of marigolds.
I flipped through my garden notes. I have reason to believe nematode are a "problem" in my garden based on plant reactions:
Wide spread stunted growth stemming to potted plants when garden soil is added.
Wilting in plants where other factors like fusarium and mildew are ruled out.
Behaviors are mostly noted in HIGH temperatures! (nematodes!)
Produce, like tomatoes were fine but extremely small on every single variety planted and on numerous plants.
I have not seen any signs of root knot nematodes or the nitrogen-binding sort. No "knots", basically.
I'm "assuming" that working the soil with organic fertilizer, amendments and good care will help balance things out over time?
Everything does "okay" in spring and fall.
Would wide-scale planting of marigolds next spring in the garden be worth the effort? (I would forgo veggies to do so.)
Are there any other varieties of plants/flowers that work the same way in fighting nematodes?
Do some standard veggies help fight?
I think I could forgo a spring to raise a bunch of flowers. Little Miss would be in heaven lol:)
This is the same plot I'm hoping to cover up in wood chips until I recognize the pattern. Any garden soil I use in pots suffers the same fate.
Topsoil is good loam. Underside is workable dark clay that reacts decently to amendments over time.
You can rule out drought issues. I've neglected enough to realize when the poor buggers were just too dry. It's something else.
Rosemary and cone flower are two varieties that I can plant in ground and do not suffer from any type of stunting or wilting. This is why I bring the matter up. Something's working for those two!