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Thick solarization plastic failure

Cardinal eating seeds

So how did the thicker, whitish plastic do for solarization? The layer did a good job killing off mature oats and some weeds, but the ornerier ground ivy didn't get hot enough to die. Looks like the thin, clear plastic that deteriorates in a single season is still the best option for solarization...unless you want to pay top dollar for UV-resistant greenhouse film.

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I just got this via email today--another blog I follow. I'm busy packing up my own 10 acre too big homestead to buy something smaller and more manageable (I can't wait to compare notes on design with you) so I don't even have time to read this right now. But maybe there are some new ideas here.

Comment by Terry Sat Jul 22 10:44:43 2017

We used to use the retired heavy duty clear plastic from our greenhouses to cover our compost piles during the winter rains. They worked great for keeping things dry but they actually helped our weed problems by acting as a mini greenhouse.

We switched to heavy duty black plastic (20 x 100 from Home Depot) that we had been using for occultation in the garden, and it has worked like a charm. No weeds at all on our compost this year.

Comment by Nita Sat Jul 22 20:46:42 2017

One very unique homestead, $1,500 per acre, the opportunity of a lifetime