stephen lowe wrote:I would strongly advise against landscape fabric. It is a pain even when just used under landscaping meant to be undisturbed for years, it will only be exponentially more so a pain in a greenhouse with soil on top. The chickens will have done a number on the weeds and if you are building up the soil in the beds with compost etc.. you will probably notice a marked improvement this year and it should get better with each passing year on the weed front.
stephen lowe wrote:Ah yes Matthew you have figured the misunderstanding perfectly. Used as a plastic mulch seems like a fine idea.
William Bronson wrote:Well, you probably won't have any weeds.
Chickens seem pretty good at devastating weed seeds.
If you fill the raised beds with compost on.the bottom and sandy soil on top, the plants could grow down to find their own food without sitting directly in it.
matthew boersma wrote:Hello all,
I am trying to figure out what to expect or how to prepare my greenhouse this coming season. I live in a zone 3-4 area and have been housing 44 chickens in my 100'x14' catapilar green house all winter(about 5 months so far). My original idea was to do this to boost the fertility, keep weeds down, and to lower the slug population during the winter months. Come about May i was hoping to start my tomatoes and such in there..
My main concern is how good my soil is really going to be in there with all the poop everywhere? Is it going to be safe for plants? Will it burn or prevent growth? I know chicken droppings are pretty potent, but my hope was they will be scratching away excellerating the breakdown process and essentially tilling and readying it for this years planting. I will add that fertility to start in there was low to moderate at best. How much time do i need before planting? Should I scrape the top layer off, or should i just till everything in? Any thoughts will be much appreciated.!
Other notes... we have a very wet spring melt period. I will be building up the beds so they are raised. I plan to remove the birds and till at least 4 weeks before planting. I will be planting tomatoes, peppers, beans, eggplant, cucumbers, and melons primarily. There was a LOT of residue last year and bad weeds. I will be laying down landcape fabric in the whole greenhouse this year to manage the unwanted vegetation. I have sandy loam soils, and the water table is high in this area. I cant think of anything else, but feel free to ask for any other needed info. Thanks!
Ben Zumeta wrote:I also am coming from my own mistakes where I bought a large amount of greenhouse poly that turned out to be very unsustainable in our 10” rain days with 70mph winds. I made my money back many times over but recently our local small town recycling company had to stop taking the plastics it used to due to oil prices dropping, and now I am looking for ways to repurpose holy greenhouse plastic. I only need so many tarps!