|OK - soil has been removed from|
between the beds, but the headland
slopes upward preventing water from
draining away from the beds.
This week's rains have shown where water might back up between plastic-mulched beds saturating the soil if the beds are not finished off properly. It is critical to remove the soil that piles up at the end of each row as the mulch layer is lifted and turned around, and then to grade the ends so water can flow away from the beds. If not, water can back up long enough between the rows to create saturated conditions under the bed and allow Phytophthora and Pythium spores to "swim through the soil" to find and infect the susceptible roots of your pepper, eggplant, summer squash and other crops.
|Better - soil removed from row ends|
and headland area is graded away
from the beds.