[Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling
Garth & Kim Travis
gartht at txcyber.com
Wed Oct 28 18:05:38 EDT 2009
You are close, but not quite. It is clear plastic, over a very wet bed,
and weights along the edges so the bed can't dry out. Sun can get hot
any time of the year. I have been sunburned in Nothern Alberta in
January. You want to steam the bed to kill disease and insects.
Lee Neill wrote:
> I've been hanging around the fringes for a while, reading with interest all
> the posts from everyone and picking up some useful information. I'm in zone
> 6 and not really a market farmer (yet), but we built some raised beds and
> used them this year with modest success. If you have time to respond to a
> personal gardner with hopes of producing enough to sell in the future, 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?
> ----- 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
>> 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,
>> 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>:
>>>> 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.
>>> Market-farming mailing list
>>> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
>> Market-farming mailing list
>> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Market-farming mailing list
> Market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
More information about the Market-farming