Zach Muller wrote:One thing to not overlook with black plastic mulch is it will eventually break down, creating a mess. I know from experience as my garden was covered in the stuff when i moved in. It had been covered by soil and Bermuda grass and was so old that any attempt to pull it would just break a tiny piece off. I was cursing the person who laid this down to grow "organic" veggies and then did not think it was their duty to clean up their garbage.
dan long wrote:Observing that organic mulching occurs in nature and coming to the conclusion that mulching therefore "mimics nature" would be the equiviant of observing that annuals thrive in areas that are dug up by critters and concluding that tillage mimics nature.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:
What a great idea to add to my justifications for tilling... The one I typically use is: Since I am growing on river delta soil, and since the river traditionally flooded every year and laid down a fresh layer of soil, therefore I figure that now that the river no longer floods my fields that tilling is a close approximation to the natural conditions that existed in my garden before agriculture.