[Market-farming] update on "cougar"/red fabric mulch
3littlepigsmkt at bellsouth.net
Thu Jul 20 17:43:56 EDT 2006
>>If you pull it and the critters then declare jihad on the rest of the
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From: "Cherry Tree Farms" <ctfarms at helicon.net>
To: "Market Farming" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 7:31 AM
Subject: Re: [Market-farming] update on "cougar"/red fabric mulch
> Maybe pulling up the red fabric will answer scratcher #1 - If you pull it
> and the critters then declare jihad on the rest of the garden, then the
> fabric color would seem to be a pest preventer.
> Let us know what happens,
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Liz Pike" <strawbry_wine at yahoo.com>
> To: "MF" <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Wednesday, July 19, 2006 2:04 PM
> Subject: [Market-farming] update on "cougar"/red fabric mulch
>> Hey everyone, finally getting around to an update on
>> the electronic cougar. It did it's job, we got a
>> smallish harvest of blueberries. Would love to have
>> had more but I was just as happy to have the plants
>> put more energy into root growth and establishment
>> than berry production at this point. Now we're gonna
>> put it to work out in the garden where we found deer
>> evidence in the bean patch. We'll see if it works
>> Now here's a head-scratcher (actually 2) I'd like
>> comments on:
>> In the garden we have tomatoes, beans, potatoes,
>> peppers, cabbage, and eggplant growing like
>> gangbusters. And a whopping total of 9 bean plants
>> half-eaten. Why didn't the deer &/or the woodchucks
>> eat more?? Deer & woodchucks are EVERYWHERE here, far
>> more numerous than any place I've ever lived; there's
>> really no reason for them to have avoided that
>> garden...there's no housing close by, the plot is open
>> to easily see predators & there's good grazing along
>> the outskirts and it's close to water.
>> Today, after weeding the beans, I wondered if it might
>> be the red fabric mulch we used on the beds. I found
>> a roll of 5' wide red fabric mulch laying somewhere
>> around here and we used it on all the beds--you can't
>> miss it its so bright. It was free, there was a lot
>> of it and I didn't really care whether it increased
>> yields or not due to color, just that it would keep
>> down weeds. Has the intense color kept out the deer
>> and woodchucks, too?? Head scratcher #1.
>> Headscratcher #2: It doesn't keep out weeds!!! To my
>> surprise (& horror) that mulch has started "pillowing"
>> & I yanked it up to look underneath. The prettiest
>> crop of foxtail millet I've ever seen. No weeds, just
>> grass.(We're gonna yank off the mulch and string up
>> the electric poultry netting around it and let the
>> chickens and turkeys into it...they'll go crazy over
>> the feast.) Obviously this mulch allows in sunlight
>> which I didn't think it was supposed to do. The
>> ground underneath is nicely moist and cool. Now I'm
>> wondering what the fabric is...
>> Liz Pike
>> Hillsville VA
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