Get Rid of Grass: Solarize Your Veggie Garden

Now, solarization is a bit controversial, but I didn’t want to use glyphosate to kill the grass in our vegetable garden.  So I’m trying solarization…basically, cooking Bermuda Grass to death!

We dug out about 6-8 inches of dirt from our garden and then laid clear plastic in it, about 2-4mm thick, and covered the edges with dirt.  (You’re probably asking what we’re doing with the piles of dirt all over our yard, right?  More on that later…)  Then just let it “cook” for 6-8 weeks.

This is best done starting in May or June, so that it gets good and hot over the summer.  Then you can plant those veggies in October after it cools off (ie, consistent nighttime temps in the lower 70s).  I’ll let you know how it works out.

By the way, there’s no need to dig out 6-8 inches of dirt to solarize.  My husband just went at it with a vengeance.  You can just trench around your bed, then tuck the plastic in the trenches and cover those with dirt.


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