Monday, June 21, 2010

Plastic-Covered Beds

These are the beds where the first corn crop for this summer has come and gone. A fall crop of cucumbers or squash will be planted here as soon as the days cool off a bit.

The benefits of growing produce on plastic-covered beds are many, including moisture retention, weed control, and no need to plow. The crops are irrigated and fertilized with water lines that run under the plastic. The beds are used for 2 years through 3-4 seasons of crops. Then, the plastic is removed to rotate the land by planting grain, soybeans, or corn. This method of farming can be costly, but it yields an increase in productivity and a better quality of produce.

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