[Market-farming] solarization was carbon loss

E C GRANATA elainegranata at msn.com
Thu Oct 29 12:33:19 EDT 2009


Riva:  Stuff I read says it does kill the beneficial life down about 2", but they are able to recover, so it makes it worth doing.

 

Elaine

Denver 

 
> Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2009 08:41:02 -0500
> From: gartht at txcyber.com
> To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> Subject: Re: [Market-farming] solarization was carbon loss
> 
> Greetings,
> 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,
> Kim
> 
> 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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