[Market-farming] solarization was carbon loss

Garth & Kim Travis gartht at txcyber.com
Thu Oct 29 09:41:02 EDT 2009

We have found that it doesn't.  It does not sterilize the soil like 
putting potting soil in the oven does, but it sure messes up the insects 
and blights that get into the soil.  However, we have not had it tested, 
just observations on the improved quality of soil from year to year.
Bright Blessings,

Road's End Farm wrote:
> On Oct 28, 2009, at 6:05 PM, Garth & Kim Travis wrote:
>     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.
> Doesn't this also kill all your beneficial soil life?
> -- Rivka; Finger Lakes NY, Zone 5 mostly
> Fresh-market organic produce, small scale
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