This blog started as a post about our first garden, so as we start prepping garden number 4, I thought it was time for an update.
For the last 2 years, we have struggled with blight in the garden. As in, it has ruined everything.
I have read a few methods of dealing with this…. Fire is one, but the garden is a weeeeeee bit too close to the house for me to light it on fire. Another is to use a chemical that kills everything for a period of 1 year. We didn’t want to miss out on a whole gardening year if we could help it though. The last was to basically hot compost the garden til it reached a hot enough temperature to kill the blight, so we are trying that.
We bought some “construction grade plastic wrap” on amazon and covered the garden, leaving a little extra wrap to hang over the edges. Yesterday, I soaked the garden down and rolled the plastic out. Then Jake came and helped me line the edges with wood to hold it down and hold the heat in.
The interwebs said that this process would take 1 week in summer, but 4-6 weeks in spring…
So in about a month, we will pull it up and plant. I think we’re going to purchase plants instead of seed starting this year, and I hope this will take care of the blight!!