Plastic in the garden

There are some organic gardeners who have very strong opinions about plastic in the garden. (Against it.) I haven’t really had much of an opinion on the issue until recently. I’ve decided I’m for it – in moderation.

We haven’t had a homegrown tomato in years now. Last year we got the blight and we’ve been told that plastic is the way to avoid getting it again. One essentially makes a little hoophouse over the tomatoes with clear visqueen and then you water by hand throughout the season. This keeps the foliage dry, which is key to avoiding a host of problems.

So here’s how my system worked out:

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I planted the tomatoes in bottomless 2 gallon pots so that I have a barrier to keep the water in. (Sometimes during the summer the soil here gets a crust and the water rolls downhill before sinking in.) The inverted 1 gallon pots on top of the T-posts are to increase the surface area of the posts and help prevent them from tearing holes in the plastic.

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And here we have the visqueen in place, held down with cast-off bits of firewood that were too rotten, oddly-shaped, or long for the woodpile.

— Amanda

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