I've been looking for a seed swap forum and can't find one...maybe it's not allowed?
If anyone is interested, I'm looking for Seminole Pumpkin seeds, asparagus/yard long/Chinese noodle pole beans, Jamaican Sorrel/true Roselle, and I want to start a landrace of corn (not sweet corn) so I'm looking for several extremely hardy varieties to try.
Up for trade I have:
A mix of Waltham Butternut Squash and Amish Pie Pumpkin Squash from Seed Savers Exchange
Amish Catalope/Muskmelon (also SSE)
Tomatoes: Nebraska Wedding, Yellow Pear, Mexican Midget, Black Krim (all SSE)
Florida Highbush Eggplant (SSE)
Acre Peas (my own stock saved by myself and family members)
Passionflower Vine, the wild Maypop variety (wild harvested rooted tuber/rhizome things--- So scientific, I know)
The Reason I have these fabulous seeds available that I spent GOBS of hours researching and choosing is because of one tiny little thing-Root Knot Nematodes. All those lovely heirlooms are uber susceptible to RKN which I have in abundance, apparently. So I'm hoping to trade my seed packets for something useful to me. The Acre peas are marvelous bushy plants that will self seed given half a chance even in grass...I love them so.
Lemme know whatcha got!
Have you learned about cover crops that can work to repel the root knot nematodes yet?
At this time if year, if you can intercrop French marigolds so that their root systems intertwine, the flowers will repel the pests. That's part of why my family always plants them with the tomatoes.
Location: Spacecoast Florida
posted 3 years ago
Yes I have done and do plant Marigolds but they are just not enough to combat my population of Nematodes. I'm working on some long term solutions such as dramatically increasing organic matter, trap cropping, intercropping, but simply swapping my seeds will enable me to produce crops while combatting the nematodes and starving them out.
Erin Cross wrote:Yes I have done and do plant Marigolds but they are just not enough to combat my population of Nematodes. I'm working on some long term solutions such as dramatically increasing organic matter, trap cropping, intercropping, but simply swapping my seeds will enable me to produce crops while combatting the nematodes and starving them out.
Erin, I sent you a PM with a swap suggestion.
Also, I just wanted to let you know that if you have a nematode problem you might want to try African horned melons. This is from the horticultural department at Purdue ...
"It was found that kiwano is resistant to several root-knot nematodes, two accessions were found to be highly resistant to water melon mosaic virus (WMV-1), but very sensitive to the squash mosaic virus(SqMV). Some accessions were found to succumb to Fusarium wilt. Resistance to greenhouse white fly was reported. Kiwano was reported to be resistant to powdery mildew, however in Israel powdery mildew as well as the squash mosaic virus(SqMV) attacked kiwano fields and measures had to be taken."