awiediger at HART.k12.ky.us
Tue Nov 16 09:25:59 EST 2004
We have used Planter's Paper, a black paper mulch. Its main problem in our
high tunnels is shrinkage - as much as 5-6 feet in 90 feet. That can cover
plants and kill them. Outdoors, with sides covered, it might not do that -
but I've heard that it's hard to lay - tears easily. We used a new product
this year made from recycled paper out of NC. It tore easily, even laying
by hand, was much heavier, a light gray in color, but didn't shrink nearly
as much. Its main problem is its weight. I'm not sure a mulch layer would
handle its bulk either - a roll is about 14-15" in diameter and cannot be
handled by one person. Both break down very nicely - so much nicer than
trying to get plastic out of the field!
We did use photodegradable plastic once, years ago. It did degrade, but
just into smaller pieces of plastic - and the plastic stays in your soil in
some form, literally forever. It may have been improved in the interim.
I wish they'd get the paper "right". Perhaps they will eventually.
Alison Wiediger, Au Naturel Farm
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> Are any of you using any paper mulches of photodegradable mulches for
> growing? What has been the results of these products in your area?
> We did a study using different color plastic's to see the differnt affects
> on aphids this year,however being as wet a year we had no aphids that I
> could find so maybe next year we will be able to see some differnt
> results. Used chome and silver both, both raised excellent crops of
> differnt products that we grew on them. Would still like to have a paper
> product that will degrade after a years use. The plastic mulch is really
> a lot of work in the fall removing it and getting it to the recycler, this
> year we used about 24,000 ft and that makes a big pile when all gathered
> up. However I won't try growing without it, it will almost double our
> production and ease of picking.
> Phil from Iowa
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