Re: [fukuoka_farming] 'Round-up and Solarization'
- Hi Fanatic,
> Solarization uses the 'greenhouse effect' to heat the soil to such adegree
> as to kill plants. While this certainly is effective against 'weeds' italso
> will kill at least the top layer of microorganisms as well. Round-up willmore
> have similarly lethal consequences, despite Monsanto's (the makers) claims
> to the contrary - the surfactant used in Round-up has been shown to be
> toxic than the herbicide (glyphosate) itself, it destroys the delicateskin...
> Thick mulching, sheet mulching, lasagne gardening (all being very much theseeding).
> same beast) would seem to be the best way to control unwanted volunteers
> (although in market operations this mulching will need to be incorporated
> into a very well organised rotation system, especially when direct
I totally agree with you (do I have to fill out any forms to become a
Fanatic or just accept the label?). Were I staying here that is exactly what
I was going to do to my weed patch. A thick layer of straw in the fall,
simply lift it up where some weeds are able to grow through it thereby
smothering the new growth back under the layer of straw, and then planting
into that mulch in spring with a combination of transplants and
direct-seeding. I am convinced that it would effectively suppress the
"weeds" long enough to give the not-as-competitive veggies a chance to grow
I looked at solarization and it not only has some severe limitations and a
very narrow window of opportunity in my area, but it does have a negative
impact on the microbial life and Emilia made me a complete convert to
helping those little critters survive and thrive. Roundup was never a
consideration as I know what it does in reality (as opposed to what the
manufacturer says it is supposed to do).