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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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  • v SUNKAT
    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!
    1172 days ago
  • v IMEMINE1
    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.

    1174 days ago
  • v LEANJEAN6
    Hey---Hi Mary--Sounds like you had a great weekend----fun eh?----just drop emoticon ping in to say hi and send hugs-Lynda
    1186 days ago
  • v DEBBYFROMMT
    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)
    1206 days ago
  • v BECCAZEN7
    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
    Missourians! Team
    1207 days ago
  • v GARDENCHRIS
    You can also burn it .... found this helpful article.http://www.ehow.com/how_184
    12_sterilize-soil.html
    1207 days ago
  • v FISHINGLADY66
    I hope you find your answer. Good luck with it.
    1207 days ago
  • v SKFEREBEE
    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!
    1207 days ago
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