Re: [tomato] Nuking soils.

Thomas Giannou (
Fri, 5 Mar 1999 11:15:30 -0800

Wish I had a driveway to do that with... sounds like a great idea!  You are
right about the smell from the microwave.

-----Original Message-----
From: Byron.Bromley <>
To: <>
Date: Friday, March 05, 1999 11:08 AM
Subject: Re: [tomato] Nuking soils.

>Here's an alterinative to nuking, it requires planning ahead.
>On a nice hot July day, spread about 1/3 more soil than you
>think you are going to need, about 1/8th thick on a black top
>driveway, around 9 ish, sweep it up 3 to 4 ish. Cover and
>put away until next spring. Beats the stench of baking soil
>in your kitchen.
>From: Paul Reynolds <>
>To: Tomato Digest <>
>Subject: [tomato] Nuking soils.
>Date: Friday, March 05, 1999 11:58 AM
>Nuking is a good idea to control all sorts of pests.  However, the
>preferable method, in my opinion, would be the oven or an autoclave.  I
>really don't know if a microwave would have an adverse affect, but, I'm
>from the old school, before the advent of microwaves,  where we used
>heat from the stove or an autoclave.
>Also, one of the best combinations I've found for my tomatoes is mixing
>a bit of 10-20-10 with my manure.  The manure will help ensure that the
>chemical fertilizer is not lost to the environment and if added in a
>small amount, a cup of 10-20-10 to 5 gallons of manure, there isn't any
>harm to be done.  Most of my experience is with transplanting and I
>usually dig a post hole, put in the manure and ferti. mix then cover
>with a few inches of soil and place the plant over that.  Takes a bit
>for the plants to take off, but, once they do you won't be able to keep
>up with them.  The blooms are numerous as well.