Tomatoes are as tall as I am, their dark green vines speckled with yellow flowers midway up through the top. Below the midpoint, the yellow flowers have set into small, green tomatoes that are getting larger by the day.
On the other side of the farm we are preparing for our fall plantings of carrots and beets. These crops are slow to germinate, and it is very important that we plant them into fields that don’t have weeds. We organically control weed seeds for this crop by solarizing beds.
As our beautifully hot summers arrive, the energy from the sun is captured in the beds and the top couple of inches of soil heat up to over 140 degrees, which is too hot to keep seeds viable.
The little weed seeds die before they ever get a chance to germinate. When planting time comes we pull the plastic off, plant our crops, and they grow with no weed competition. The fields that are being solarized are very warm right now.
I went out and checked one evening with the kids and could feel the hot beds beneath the plastic, but as you can see, they were not too warm, just right in fact for a little evening dancing, twirling and crawling.