[Market-farming] Mulches

Wiediger, Alison awiediger at HART.k12.ky.us
Tue Nov 16 09:43:00 EST 2004


Oh, and it has a chlorine-base anti-microbial now, to give it longer life,
and cannot be used, as far as I know, in certified organic production.  Our
HT tomatoes loved it!  And it does last for the life of that crop.

Alison

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> From: 	Wiediger, Alison[SMTP:awiediger at HART.k12.ky.us]
> Reply To: 	Market Farming
> Sent: 	Tuesday, November 16, 2004 8:40 AM
> To: 	'Market Farming'
> Subject: 	RE: [Market-farming] Mulches
> 
> Here's a link to the Mfg.   http://www.ken-bar.com/htvent.html
> 
> We bought directly and had drop shipped (expensive!).  Depending on where
> you are, you might find a distributor.  We haven't tried it between
> plants.
> How quickly it degrades depends on moisture, traffic, etc.  In the high
> tunnels, we only weighted it on the ends, but we don't have roll-up sides,
> so we have no wind issues to deal with.
> 
> Alison
> 
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> > From: 	Tradingpost[SMTP:tradingpost at gilanet.com]
> > Reply To: 	Market Farming
> > Sent: 	Tuesday, November 16, 2004 8:33 AM
> > To: 	market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> > Subject: 	RE: [Market-farming] Mulches
> > 
> > 
> > The Planter's Paper sounds interesting though. Have  you tried laying it
> > in strips between rows, alongside plants instead of trying to put it in
> > between plants also or making holes for plants? That would keep
> shrinkage
> > from covering plants. What exactly is it and where do you get it? Do you
> > need to weigh it down with anything? How long does it hold together
> > without degrading and allowing weeds to pop up?
> > 
> > paul at largocreekfarms.com
> > http://medicinehill.net
> > 
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> > 
> > On 11/16/2004 at 8:25 AM Wiediger, Alison wrote:
> > 
> > >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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> > >> From: 	SaladG at aol.com[SMTP:SaladG at aol.com]
> > >> Reply To: 	Market Farming
> > >> Sent: 	Tuesday, November 16, 2004 8:16 AM
> > >> To: 	market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
> > >> Subject: 	[Market-farming] Mulches
> > >> 
> > >> <<File: ATT08405.txt>>
> > >> 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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