biochar, perennial peanut, and roses

mimosamonsterMay 6, 2013

so... has anybody tried a biochar/perennial peanut combination to keep nematodes off the roses?

i've had great results with just biochar, and i've been adding both into the soil around my roses, i was wondering if anybody could tip me off as to what kind of results to expect.

i know both are supposed to tilt the balance away from the plant parasite nematodes, but dont' know how well they combine when doing this together.

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    Bookmark   May 19, 2013 at 9:23AM
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strawchicago(zone 5a)

Some one in Florida mentioned she'll try pine fines (pH 4.5, quite acidic) against nematodes. I mix pine fines into my soil to lower its pH ... the worms hate it at first.

Since my soil pH is alkaline at 7.7, I also put sulfur in the planting hole ... that killed all the earthworms! It's good to check your soil pH first, before using pine fines.

See the procedure below to get your soil pH by using $1 of distilled water and 50 cents of red cabbage. I wrote that for the English Roses forum:

Good luck on your experiments with biochar. I'm rooting for your success!

Here is a link that might be useful: Cheapest way to test soil pH using red cabbage

    Bookmark   May 27, 2013 at 2:24PM
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French and African marigolds, in that order of effectiveness, have been shown to kill bad nematodes through their roots. I have them around my rose bushes, with other companion plants like garlic, mints, lemon balm, and bee balm. Wood ash is supposed to work well, and diatomaceous earth..(don't breath it in--as bad as silica and asbestos for lungs, but harmless, otherwise) ..It's my strawberries, even in pots, that snails or nematodes are chowing down on....NOT my roses...

    Bookmark   June 21, 2013 at 6:51PM
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