Lu47Dan wrote:I quit using hay for mulch as I have a slug problem if I use hay. I went with black plastic and weed barrier to stop weed growth.
Dan, do you use the solid black plastic film, or the permeable stuff that lets water seep through (like they use on construction sites to control runoff erosion)?
Do you spread the plastic between the planted rows, or do you poke holes through it and plant in the holes?
How does water get through?
rberg, The black plastic we use is for the tomato's and peppers and we plant through it by cutting a "+" into the where we want the plant and then plant through it. I fold back the tabs formed until the plant doubles in size placing a rock on them to hold them there. Then on the tomato's I install the tower and fold back the tabs to help prevent weeds from growing up around the plant.
The weed barrier I had comes in a four foot wide roll and was light gray I use it under the cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and brussel sprouts. I roll it out and bury the edges and than lay out my pattern and cut in the "+" and plant the cole crops. The weed barrier allows water to percolate through it if installed correctly.
Under the black plastic I install drip irrigation hose if the tomato's start to wilt I hook up the drip system to the garden hose and water them. Usually the rain fall that penetrates the plastic through the holes from planting is enough to keep the moisture level up in the soil. Plus the plastic does not allow the ground to dry out very fast.
The weed barrier I water with drip hose on top of the fabric.
I re-use the plastic and weed barrier until it gets too raggedy to use again.