Viewing Terry's Garden Diary: Tomato mulch experiment
Thursday, May 18, 2006
Final thoughts...I ripped out the plastic mulch (I *should* have pulled it up last fall when I ripped out the frosted tomato plants, but I didn't.) It was disintegrating - not surprising.
I found there was no noticeable (let alone significant) difference in the yields of the same varieties of tomatoes, planted at the same time, in the same conditions. The plastic was actually harder to keep weeded than my straw mulch.
Perhaps in a commercial setting, where tomatoes are set out in long rows, plastic mulch works, and the higher-priced RPM is worth it for incrementally larger yields.
As for me and my garden, we'll go back to just ordinary straw as mulch. In fact, I've already got straw down around this year's 30-some 'mater plants, which were put in last weekend.
Monday, May 9, 2005I planted my garden today, and I'm going to experiment with the high-yield red plastic mulch. Of my six beds with tomato plants, three have the red mulch; the other three will get the usual straw mulch. Here's a photo of half of the beds.
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