[Market-farming] Silage tarps ala Fortier

Deb Taft deb at mobiusfields.com
Sun Apr 13 09:28:25 EDT 2014


Hi Allan and Etienne.

Could you give us some info about "occultation"?  What is the goal of it?
 It sounds like simple smothering of weeds but I'm guessing there's more to
it than that.

Thanks!

Hope spring has finally come to everyone :)

Deb
Mobius Fields
Westchester County NY





On Sun, Apr 13, 2014 at 8:13 AM, Etienne Goyer <etienne at lejardinduvillage.ca
> wrote:

> Silage tarp is available, AFAIK, in any feed/agricultural store.  I don't
> know about the US, but around here, it's fairly easy to find, so I am kinda
> surprised at your difficulties.  Wherever farmers go in your area for
> feeds, bale twine, and such should carry silage tarp.  Unless, of course,
> nobody does silage hay in your area.
>
> The one I am getting here is 4 mil, black on a side, white on the other.
>  24' x 100' is also the smallest size I can get.  I do not recommend buying
> the larger size (30' x 150' and such), because the roll are very heavy
> (upward of 200 lbs) and hard to work with.  Moreover, it gets even heavier
> when it is wet, which make handling the larger silage tarp size very, very
> challenging.
>
> You could cut up a wider roll in more manageable bed-sized strips.
> However, this year, I am buying a couple rolls of Texsol (nursery woven
> tarp, polypropylen fabric) instead.  They come in various width.  In my
> case, I plan on getting the 12' width, to cover two 5' beds at once. The
> only research I have read on the subject concluded that silage tarp was
> better, but I think the nursery tarp will be easier to handle.
>
> This is what I am talking about:
>
> http://www.duboisag.com/en/greenhouses-nurseries-irrigation-equipment/
> greenhouse-liners-weed-control/greenhouse-liners.html
>
>
> Dubois also has silage tarp, but I doubt it would be competitive to have
> it shipped to the US.
>
> http://www.duboisag.com/en/multi-silage-tarps.html
>
>
> One thing I can say is that it is worth the trouble.  I am a newcomer to
> the technique, so my personal experience is very limited.  But from what I
> have seen on other farms, the result are astounding.  After a few weeks of
> occultation, the soil texture is absolutely incredible.  I think it's worth
> giving this a try.
>
> Have fun,
>
> Etienne
>
>
>
> On 14-04-13 06:42 AM, Allan Balliett wrote:
>
>> I find Jean-Martin Fortier's "the Market Gardener" full of ideas but way
>> too short on appropriate details.
>>
>> I'm having trouble right now with the "silage tarps" used for
>> "occultation" of seed beds.
>>
>> After a lot of phone calls, I found a company that can 'talk' silage
>> tarps but the smallest I can find is a black and white 24' by 100' ($109
>> US) and at 5mil rather then the recommended 6 mil.
>>
>> If there are details in this book on what sizes to buy or practical ways
>> to cut tarps to size, I haven't been able to find them.
>>
>> I'm wondering if any readers of market-farming have already solved this
>> problem, one way or another.
>>
>> Aside from practical issues, it sure is a great idea! I may pick up a
>> tarp and cover a half dozen prepared beds, which wouldn't be out of
>> line, really, but a tarp per bed would be much more practical.
>>
>> -Allan in WV
>>
>>
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