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Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:19 pm

I have always been told to not plow under potato vines, squash vines, tomato stalks, cucumber vines, watermelon vines, etc. because they could cause some kind of soil borne disease. So I don't. I pull them up and carry them out of the garden and throw them into the edge of the woods. What do others do with the above vines?

Billy

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 2:34 pm

If you are picking up the vines, for fungus or blight control, throwing them in the woods near the garden won't help. the vines should be bagged and remved from the property. Throwing them nearby still leaves fungus spores, etc., where the wind can carry them to the garden. Composting won't destroy them, unless it is fst, high temperature composting. Ed

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:32 pm

We have always plowed under everything you mentioned and we have never had a problem.

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 6:48 pm

I burn 'em.

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:26 pm

Don McCombs wrote:I burn 'em.


+1 rake them into a pile and burn.

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 7:31 pm

Actually, I gather them up and take them away from the garden to burn.

Re: Got a question

Fri Sep 02, 2011 10:26 pm

Potato vines I usually plow under after harvest... course there isn't much left as they dry out rather quickly. Corn stalks, tomatoes and such we usually toss in the trailer and I use it for mulch alongside the road, brook, pond etc., wherever I want to add depth. Works very nicely.

Re: Got a question

Sat Sep 03, 2011 9:35 am

Thanks guys. I guess I will keep on removing them from the garden.

Billy

Re: Got a question

Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:19 pm

We never had any problems by just plowing them under at a depth of 16 inches, so in the spring they are about half way to china! LOL!!!----and the ground is nice and clean on top! thanks; sonny

Re: Got a question

Mon Sep 05, 2011 10:24 pm

I just till the vines under. But, I rotate crop locations. I have 2 medium small plots and then 2 tiny plots.

Re: Got a question

Wed Sep 07, 2011 7:50 pm

I too plow everything under, and rotate the crop from season to season

Re: Got a question

Wed Sep 07, 2011 10:53 pm

rotate your crops plow under your stalks to let them rot and plant a green manure for compost or add compost in the spring
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