Tag Archives: Permaculture

Appropriate Tools And Technology For Emerging Small-Scale Market Gardeners

[Rant] Black tarps are not like putting on straw, extended use of tarping or plastic mulch changes the ecology, studies have shown the plastic mulch leads to plant disease pressure and pest pressure. Tarping and leaving soil fallow halves the fungi population every month covered, in particular mycorrhizal fungi that require host plants for the carbon they provide. Without these fungi that sequester carbon more compost is needed or the fungi become predators competing for the carbon and will infect plants and cause diseases to get that carbon. [/Rant]