Bed #2 was prepared for solarization today. A deep soaking and 2 sacks of chicken fertilizer mixed into the soil before being covered. The manure is supposed to release volatile compounds in the soil that kill pests and help stimulate the growth of beneficial soil organisms. Note: I believe the volatile compounds are released as soon as the bag is opened. Pee EWE! The 4ml plastic sheeting will be removed around September 6. Bed #1 will be planted in lettuce for the winter. Bed #2 will be the cabbage patch with broccoli and cauliflower.
Flying Saucer Morning Glories have been planted at the head of Bed #2. Thyme and oregano frame the rest of the bed. The morning glories should grow up to 15' and flower through the fall. Pollinators should enjoy these purple and white flowers. The plants enjoy dry heat. Congratulations. This is the place.
Ajax - December 2010
Bed #2 was last a successful cabbage patch in 2010. Fingers crossed. Let's hope for a healthy bed to be planted at the end of summer. The soil solarization study by the University of California at Davis is fairly interesting and helpful if your garden is haunted with root knot nematodes.