Friday, April 12, 2013

Cole Crop Experiment

Tom's crew spent yesterday planting cole crops such as cabbage, broccoli, cauliflower, and kale along with beets, swiss chard both red and green as well as assorted lettuce varieties. In the past we have always laid black plastic on the prepared field and then transplanted into the plastic, but there has been some concern that the black plastic creates too much heat from the sun and bakes the plants.  This year Tom is trying an experiment.  He laid the black plastic to suppress the growth of weeds, then laid a layer of white plastic over the black to protect the plants from overheating.  The plants were then planted through small holes into the two layers by hand.  

In the photo above Tom prepared the field with a one row zone tiller.  In the photo to the right two of Tom's crew members transplanted plants by hand.

What preparations are you taking in planting your home garden?  Share your tips in the comments below.

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