You have conflicting information regarding solarizing flower beds. One page says: You can also solarize beds by spreading black plastic over an area in full sun for a month to kill the fungus. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/plant-problems/disease/controlling-fusarium-wilt.htm Another page says: Only clear plastic be used to solarize garden areas. Clear plastic allows sunlight to pass through more easily, which is vital for soil heat retention. Black plastic does not sufficiently heat the soil. https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/garden-how-to/projects/how-to-solarize-garden-beds-to-eliminate-garden-pests-in-the-soil.htm So, which one is it? Clear or black?
Really, clear is better. I have used black in the past for pasteurization, but it will not kill persistent fungi. If you need to kill off something like Phytopthora, then clear will be your best bet.
That looks to be clay soil, rather than potting soil! Seedlings will need a lighter mix in container.
This is the normal soil that I bought from the local Nursery. Perhaps the water is more which makes it looks like that.
Need help identifying these brown grub worms. My box garden soil is literally moving from them all. Are they bad? How do I get rid of them? Are my plants okay and is it safe to eat the vegetables from the plants that the worms have infested under and around? I had a nitrogen depletion a couple months ago and added blood meal to my soil as a quick fix to my, at the time, dying plants. I am thinking it had something to do with this problem. Please help! Thank you!!
You may have soldier fly larvae and they are harmless. Crane fly larva are similar, too. Here is more:
The house caught on fire and I don't know if that plays a big part what to do
You can work some amendments into the soil where you would like to grow something. I'm also including articles about plants that do grow in clay soil.
How can I remedy my problem organically?
To keep voles away from your garden using natural methods, try attracting owls, hawks, and snakes—they're natural vole hunters. Build owl boxes to give them a cozy home. Create barriers around your plants using mesh or hardware cloth to stop voles from digging. Use plants that voles don't like, and spray natural repellents made from things like castor oil or garlic mixed with water. Keep your garden tidy by trimming grass and vegetation to remove hiding spots for voles. You can also set traps with a mix of peanut butter and oats, plant vole-repelling flowers, and add beneficial nematodes to the soil to naturally control their population. By doing these things, you'll have a healthier garden without using harmful chemicals.
I am in zone 9. Oleanders pulled out March 2023. I would like to plant spring 2024 in that bed.
The leaching process in a garden bed depends on various factors such as soil composition, water content, and drainage. Generally, leaching can take a few hours to a few days. Sandy soils with good drainage may leach more quickly, while clayey soils with poor drainage may take longer. Adequate watering to flush out excess salts or nutrients is essential for effective leaching.
Here is other information about leaching: