[Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling

Garth & Kim Travis gartht at txcyber.com
Wed Oct 28 18:05:38 EDT 2009


Greetings,
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.
Bright Blessings,
Kim

Lee Neill wrote:
> Hello,
>
> 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?
>
> 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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