[Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling

E C GRANATA elainegranata at msn.com
Wed Oct 28 17:38:37 EDT 2009


I went to the CSU research Farm this summer and they are doing experiments with solarization.  They are using clear plastic, not black, and leaving it for 4-6 weeks.  You need to have a fair amount of sunny days to work up the temp to kill off weed seed, so don't know if you can do it this time of year in you area.

 

Elaine

Denver
> From: lneill at mo-net.com
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2009 20:45:28 -0500
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling
> 
> Hello,
> 
> , I'd 
> like to ask about this solarizing idea. I assume it's covering the beds 
> with black plastic and letting them cook...but my assumptions have at times 
> been wrong. How do you do it and what are the benefits, and is it too late 
> to do in SW Missouri?
> 
> Lee
> 
> ----- Original Message ----- 
> From: "Garth & Kim Travis" <gartht at txcyber.com>
> To: <gofish54 at centurytel.net>; "Market Farming" 
> <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 2:12 PM
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling
> 
> 
> > Greetings,
> > We are in Texas, we grow heirloom veggies for the market, but also
> > sheep, cattle, rabbits, turkeys and chickens. I am zone 8B, so we grow
> > veggies year round, but not in the same beds.
> >
> > My summer garden is tomatoes, about 20 varieties; melons, about 6
> > varieities; cucumber about 4 varieties; Peppers, mostly sweet usually 4
> > varieties with one hot one just because. While we have started to clear
> > these beds, since the cucumbers and melons are now done for the season,
> > the tomatoes are still producing as are the peppers. Thus I use
> > different beds for winter crops that went in a month ago.
> >
> > We solarize our beds from 2 to 4 weeks depending on how much sun I get.
> > We have found it really helps keep down the pests and disease problems.
> > I grow tomatoes in the same beds year after year. We rake the top
> > couple of inches to find the cocoons of the horned worms, my greatest
> > enemy. We have found that skipping this step gives us real problems the
> > following year.
> >
> > Our summer and winter gardens are about 200' apart. The winter gardens
> > are just being started and still need lots of work. We are just
> > starting to grow winter stuff, as we decided to learn one season at a
> > time. We both learned to garden in zone 2, so a big difference from our
> > childhood memories.
> >
> > Bright Blessings,
> > Kim
> >
> > Mac wrote:
> >> Where do you farm and in what zone? How long do you solarize the
> >> beds? Does solarizing allow you to have a quicker rotation on your
> >> crops? thanks - mac
> >>
> >> Quoting Garth & Kim Travis <gartht at txcyber.com>:
> >>
> >>> Greetings,
> >>>
> >>> I do make a living with my no till gardens, but we are primarily tomato
> >>> farmers so yes, I do use raised beds like a home gardener.
> >>>
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