Extend the Growing Season with Plastic Culture

(Come Grow with Us series)
January 16, 2019
12:00pm to 1:00pm

Plastic mulch offers a number of advantages for growing vegetables and fruits including water conservation, weed reduction, and extending the season.  Plastic mulch works best for heat-loving annual vegetables and fruits such as tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, cucumbers, melons, pumpkins, summer and winter squash and strawberries.  Because plastic mulch absorbs the warming rays of the sun and boosts soil temperatures, these vegetables and fruits can start to yield two to three weeks earlier than normal and yields can be higher too.  Join Steve Poppe, WCROC Horticulture Scientist, on how to adapt plastic mulch use for your own home garden.

Class will cover:

  • Water conservation
  • Weed reduction
  • Different colored mulches and their advantages
  • Laying plastic mulch, step by step
  • Protection from rain and cold temperatures
  • Biodegradable mulches
  • Learn how the use of plastic culture can save time for the busy gardener

Take home a tunnel! Participants to the workshop will have the opportunity to win a low tunnel. We'll provide everything you need to set-up a 50 foot low-tunnel system (white-on-black plastic mulch, tunnel plastic, galvanized hoops, anchors, and straps). We'll draw one name from those in attendance to take home a tunnel.

This workshop is part of the Come Grow with Us horticulture education series. Classes are free to attend, and open to the public.