Our big worry here is to make it safely through December. Usually toward the end of the month, in this area that is when we usually get any frosts. And we can cover if necessary and that will save most; however, we have lost it all on our holiday trips out of the area when we were not here to cover and uncover.
Just reading about nematodes, they have developed a marigold specifically for thwarting those critters. I told DH they must be mighty "weedy smelling" to work better I suppose.
We are taking our chances with this new earth. When planting is over we will solarize with clear plastic which will kill nematodes to something like 12". Our hope is that we did not transfer any here with the new dirt or bring any in with the plants.
Your egg production is great! Do they need much cleaning when you bring them in? We are just feeling very cheerful about getting this huge job done and now the fun part starts, watching everything grow.