Kids’ Valley Garden

Black Plastic

  • You can reduce the use a layer of thin, black plastic to stop weeds germinating in your garden.
  • Buy a big enough piece to cover the entire area you want to plant and leave a little extra around the edges.
  • It will help raise thesoil’s temperature by 6°F (14°C) in the spring.
  • You can leave it on your garden as mulch and nothing will grow through it or under it because neither sunlight nor air will get to the soil.
  • Rainwater may pool on it which you may want to drain off once in awhile. If you save it and water your plants with it later it will do them a world of good.
  • Push the plastic down into shallow trenches pushed insoilalong the side of each row and the water will run to a spot where you can collect it.
  • Heat-loving plants like tomatoes and watermelons will benefit from a layer of black plastic laid on the ground around their roots.
  • Don’t use it over claysoilbecause it blocks air circulation and will cause the ground to compact.

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