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Randy    Posted 03-06-2003 at 04:13:34       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Just remembered something that might be of interest to you about spraying your garden weeds. Putting down black plastic now and letting it stay kills the weeds also. No light and a high temperature does it. Just a thought and no health issues either.


Duke    Posted 03-06-2003 at 06:33:24       [Reply]  [No Email]
I have used the black plastic,but like straw and newspaper better.Yesterdays question should have said in sweet corn.I plant two acres or more to much to use the plastic straw or newspapers.I never use any cemicals in my veggi garden.I have sprayed the sweet corn but have had drifting problems.Really was interrested in what others do.Thanks for the replies


PatM    Posted 03-06-2003 at 06:15:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I read years ago in "Organic Gardening" that using clear plastic will generate higher soil temps, up to 160* or more on a sunny spring day. They wrote that letting the UV and IR rays hit the soil was the reason. Black plastic will work, but you're heating the plastic then the soil. Also kills a lot of insects, etc. Doesn't penetrate far enough to cook earthworms, they just go deeper.

Put it down for a couple weeks.


Salmoneye    Posted 03-06-2003 at 05:42:25       [Reply]  [Send Email]
As somone else pointed out, newsprint will do the same thing, and then you just till it in at the end of the season...


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