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Gardners, How do I sterilize garden soil? Help!

Tuesday, May 07, 2013

I have a small area that years ago was a strawberry bed. They died off years ago when many in my area last theirs also. Then I had dill take over. That was choked out with weeds. This area has been going downhill through the 2 hip replacements. Well, this year it is over a ft high with another type of weed.

IF I cover it with black plastic for the year, do you think I will kill the weed seeds? HELP!!!

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SUNKAT 6/11/2013 9:35AM

    As others have said, sterilize your soil by solarizing it. See the link from Univ of California-Davis for further info.

http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/
PMG/PESTNOTES/pn74145.html
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BR>Also, clear plastic is recommended over black plastic simply because the soil gets hotter with the clear plastic.

Hope you report back about your results!

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IMEMINE1 6/9/2013 7:26AM

    emoticon I know you can use vinegar mixed natural stuff to get rid of weeds. I think boiling water is good for small areas? Good luck.


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LEANJEAN6 5/28/2013 6:42AM

    Hey---Hi Mary--Sounds like you had a great weekend----fun eh?----just drop emoticon ping in to say hi and send hugs-Lynda

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DEBBYFROMMT 5/7/2013 9:58PM

    LOL men! As far as your garden, well, you are already the most knowledgeable about gardening I know! (I use "round up" to get rid of stuff I don't want)

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BECCAZEN7 5/7/2013 8:54PM

    emoticon
Hope what ever you do to the garden area works! Weeds seem to thrive no matter what! And bugs - I gave up on gardening due to all the squash bugs that obliterated everything in my garden two summers ago. Now I just go to the farmers' market and support them - much easier for me and hey, it supports the local economy! win-win
Good luck to you!
Becca
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GARDENCHRIS 5/7/2013 8:27PM

    You can also burn it .... found this helpful article.http://www.ehow.com/how_184
12_sterilize-soil.html

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FISHINGLADY66 5/7/2013 4:45PM

    I hope you find your answer. Good luck with it.

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SKFEREBEE 5/7/2013 3:12PM

    A summer should do it. Check out this article for more info. It worked for our garden.

http://homeguides.sf
gate.com/use-black-plastic-ster
ilize-soil-23181.html

Good luck!

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