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Where to use organic and plastic mulches

publication date: Apr 1, 2014
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Newspaper MulchIn our gardens we use several kinds of mulch:
Our small fruit crops have landscape fabric or cardboard, topped by sawdust, wood chips or hay. I wrote about using landscape fabric for strawberries in the September 2013 issue of GfM.
Our asparagus has hay (though we used cardboard and sawdust once when we had a disastrous hay crop).
We use hay for garlic, potato onions, spring broccoli and cabbage, some tomatoes, eggplant, celery, chard, and summer planted potatoes.
We use a mow-killed, no-till rye and vetch mulch for our big planting of tomatoes and peppers. See the November 2013 GfM.
We used the regular black plastic mulch once, for strawberries, but we prefer to minimize our use of plastics because of the disposal problems.
We like the biodegradable plastic mulch for long-season warm weather crops, as it has the advantages of plastic without the disposal issue.

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