You know, it was bound to happen. I put in alot of effort and the Sun takes a vacation. I have several beds that need alot of attention. They need to be dug up and amended and re-planted. The first step is to try a weed control called "solarization". These beds are over run with WEEDS. So I cleared a bed that was the worst performer (poor iris growth and major iris loss) and laid down the plastic. I went the cheap, do it now with what I got method rather than the right materials because of time and cost. I am using "regular 4 mil "construction" plastic rather than the UV-inhibitor type because I already had a roll and did not want to travel the hour to get the right stuff (forget the fact that the right stuff would have cost about $100 plus the gas to get there and back).
The other crappy issue is that the Sun has decided to take a vacation. It has been very sunny and very warm (upper 80's and lower 90's) for the last two weeks. The next 10 days are going to be cloudy and cool. Timing is everything and I am waaaaay off! Oh well. I am going to leave it in place for about two weeks and them do another bed. This could be interesting.
Did I know about the weather change? No. But I do now. I was awaken this morning at 3:16AM by the bad thunderstorm and then I drove through it on the way to work. Just looked up the 10 forecast. Lots of clouds and a fair amount of rain (no complaints in that I need the rain as my ground is very dry).
Again; timing is everything!