Volume XXIXNumber 1Page 8 Could you get those same benefits from use of plastic much inyour garden? Absolutely. But before you run out and start buyingplastic, take a closer look. It isn’t a good option for everyone.Installation. To get the mostbenefits from plastic mulch, you have to install it right.It’s especially important to bury 8 to 10 inches on each side ofthe plastic strip under about 6 inches of soil to hold theplastic in place. Otherwise, the first gusts of wind will blowyour plastic away. That can make your neighbors quite unhappy.For plastic to effectively warm the soil, it must be the righttype, installed on raised beds and “tight,” so it remains inclose, continuous contact with the soil surface.A number of good plastic-laying machines are out there forlarge-scale production. Unfortunately, the equipment forgardeners is very limited and costly.Because of that, gardeners who use plastic may have to install itby hand. That requires muscle and a lot of stamina. Manualplastic installation is definitely not for everyone.Colors. Several colors of plasticare available. Clear is best for warming the soil. But it doesn’tkeep weed seeds from germinating. Use black plastic in thespring. It keeps weed seeds from sprouting and warms the soil,too.Because black plastic may warm the soil too much during thesummer, white plastic is better then.Irrigation. Getting enough waterfrom rainfall or sprinklers to plant roots under the plastic canbe difficult, sometimes impossible. The best solution is toinstall drip irrigation hose or tape under the plastic so you canapply water directly to the soil near the plant rows.Disposal. A few types of”degradable” plastic are supposed to self-destruct at the end ofthe season. However, because they cost more and sometimes breakdown too fast, not many gardeners use them.After the gardening season is over, nondegradable plastic mulchmust be removed and legally disposed of. Burning is not anoption. Most of the time it goes to the landfill. Removing it canbe quite a chore, and disposing of it is a considerableinconvenience.Garden optionsAfter some serious thought, if you feel the benefits of plasticare worth the extra cost, time and effort, try it.If you’d rather avoid plastic costs or feel you’re not up to thehard labor required, don’t feel bad. There’s an excellentalternative: organic mulch, such as aged pine bark, grassclippings, straw or hay.Except for warming the soil, organic much has all the benefits ofplastic film mulch, with a bonus: you don’t need to remove anddispose of it. Just till it into the soil at the end of theseason and it will help build a better soil for next year’sgarden.(Darbie Granberry is an Extension Service horticulturist withthe University of Georgia College of Agricultural andEnvironmental Sciences.) By Darbie GranberryUniversity of GeorgiaYou may have seen fields of vegetables that seem to be growing onstrips of plastic. They’re really growing in the soil, just asthey normally do, through small openings in the plastic.The plastic strips are almost paper thin. They may be as narrowas 12 inches or as wide as 32, depending on the crop. Plasticfilm mulch is very helpful in commercial vegetable production. It: Reduces weed problems, because most weed seeds don’t germinateunder black plastic.Reduces fertilizer leaching by limiting the amount of watermoving through the soil.Reduces the need for irrigation because it helps hold moisturein the soil.Helps protect roots, because there’s no need to hoe orcultivate near plants.Results in more vigorous plant growth and higher yields.Warms the soil and accelerates maturity so vegetables areready to be harvested sooner.
For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBryant (13-14, 5-9) vs. St. Francis (NY) (12-14, 6-8)Peter Aquilone Court, Brooklyn Heights, New York; Friday, 7:30 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: St. Francis (NY) seeks revenge on Bryant after dropping the first matchup in Smithfield. The teams last met on Feb. 6, when the Bulldogs outshot St. Francis (NY) from the field 46.9 percent to 33.3 percent and hit 17 more foul shots en route to a 73-60 victory. St. Francis seeks revenge on Bryant VARYING EXPERIENCE: St. Francis (NY) has been fueled by senior leadership while Bryant has relied on freshmen this year. Seniors Unique McLean, Chauncey Hawkins, Deniz Celen and Rob Higgins have collectively accounted for 69 percent of St. Francis (NY)’s scoring this season. On the other bench, freshmen .ACCURATE ADAM: Adam Grant has connected on 35.3 percent of the 232 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 4 of 16 over his last three games. He’s also converted 67.4 percent of his foul shots this season.SIGNIFICANCE OF 63: St. Francis (NY) is 0-9 when its offense scores 63 points or fewer. Bryant is a perfect 10-0 when it holds opponents to 63 or fewer points.COLD SPELL: Bryant has lost its last seven road games, scoring 66.6 points, while allowing 75.9 per game.DID YOU KNOW: Bryant as a team has made 8.5 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-most among NEC teams.___
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — American Farm Bureau Federation and other U.S. produce industry organizations urged congress to provide more resources in protecting their workforce from COVID–19.The organizations were asking for additional access and resources for farmers to allow testing for farm workers.Additionally, they requested priority access to PPE supplies, vaccines and medicines once made available.According to Michigan Farm Bureau National Legislative Counsel, John Kran, the organizations also requested funding for quarantined workers who contracted the virus.While there has not been resolution, Kran added that the funding request will assist in covering other things like retrofitting facilities, additional housing and more.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Meth use rises in AlpenaNext Grants offered to local residents implementing positive change