[tomato] Mulches

ChuckWyatt/Md/Z7 (Tomato@GlobalGarden.com)
Sun, 21 Feb 1999 16:58:23 -0500


I grow over a hundred tomato varieties per year and use only four sheets of
newspaper under each cage as mulch.  Less than four seems to deteriorate
too rapidly and does not have enough porosity while more than that tends to
pull away when the tiller hits a corner and there is also not enough
porosity. This system keeps weeds out of the cages as well as helping keep
the soil damp.  By mid Septeember most of the paper has degraded but by
then it doesn't matter.

I have used landscape fabric mulches across 3' wide raised beds with
considerable success but would not even consider it for field plantings.

Good gardening,
Chuck Wyatt