[Market-farming] Bio- Plastics vs. plastic mulch

Joan Vibert joan at windwalker-farm.com
Tue Mar 15 12:28:48 EDT 2011

We used the paper mulch last year for onions outside and tomatoes in the
hightunnel.  Really liked it.  It was Weed Guard Plus.  We laid it by hand
without much problem.  Since it was a very rainy spring and early summer, it
degraded outdoors sooner that expected but it still allowed the onions to
get up and size up before getting very weedy.  It was mostly gone by the
time I pulled the tomatoes in the hightunnel.  And, of course, the nice
thing is that anything that is left can either be tilled in or put on the
compost pile, unlike the black plastic which to me is a real hate joke.

Windwalker Farm
Ottawa, KS

From: Joshua Bryceson <turniprock at gmail.com>
Reply-To: Market Farming <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Tue, 15 Mar 2011 10:06:43 -0500
To: <market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org>
Subject: [Market-farming] Bio- Plasitcs vs. plastic mulch

Has anyone seen any effects on the soil condition, quality, with bio
plaistics?  any problems with breaking down?  

anyone able to recycle the conventional plastic ? 

what are your experiences with paper mulches ?

Turnip Rock CSA
8628 County Hwy AA
New Auburn, WI 54757
www.turniprock.com <http://www.turniprock.com>
turniprock.wordpress.com <http://turniprock.wordpress.com>

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