How to Treat Garden Soil for a Fungal Infection

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If your garden soil has a fungal infection it is important to realize that this can be treated in a variety of different ways. Treat garden soil for a fungal infection with help from the owner and operator of a small, organic nursery in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Ali Reynolds with Ali's Organics, and I'm going to show you how to treat garden soil for a fungus infection. Fungus infections come from plants usually that are more susceptible to like tomatoes and potatoes and what it causes is wilt later on, dampening off and root rot and so some of the simplest ways to take care of it and I think the best ways is to clear everything out of your soil, remove all of the debris, loosen the soil up so that you get aeration in there and then once you do that then we want to just water in just a little bit, we don't want to make it soaked, we want it to be kind of like a wrung out sponge. So, we're just going to water that in and then we want to have some greenhouse plastic. This is some old greenhouse plastic that I have and you just want to lay this over your damp soil. You really want to do this during the Summertime when it's really hot. This is basically called solarizing the soil. Then we want to get some Earth staples and we want to put those Earth staples down to hold it in place. The soil will heat up extra when it's moist in here and with this covering it, you're going to get high temperatures which is what you want. You want to leave this on for four to six weeks if you've had a severe problem. Then after a couple of weeks that this has been here, it would be a good idea to turn your soil after about two weeks and actually do it every two weeks because it brings up any fungus or bacteria that you have in the soil. This is also good to do if you've had blight in your soil. So just secure this down. Leave it for four to six weeks, preferably in the hot of the Summer, just secure it down there really good so the wind doesn't pick it up. What it does when we cover it, it heats that soil up extremely high and it kills any bad bacteria or fungus that is in here which is the main idea of doing this. If you're in an area where you have a lot of wind, you can just lay some boards over this and also some rocks just to help hold it down. And then once that four to six weeks is over you can remove it. You should be free and clear to be able to plant again for the next season.

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