Reusing Mats: Notes, Benefits, Costs, Tips and Tricks All-in-One mats do a great job blocking weeds and saving water. For me, they pay for themselves the first time I don’t have to weed, but for the sake of the environment the payback is murky. Is the time savings worth the environmental cost? Is the plastic worth the expense? I am often asked about using the mats for more than one season. I want to share our observations about what we see in the field, provide some suggestions for reuse, and talk a little about the pros and cons of using...
“Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.” (The perfect is the enemy of the good) - Voltaire
The best way, in my opinion, to begin anything is to dive in and begin. Ignore convention, ignore experts, get dirty, and make mistakes. In the realm of beginning a vegetable garden, here, at least, is one way to do it. I discovered it when a good friend asked me the easiest way to get started planting. I replied as an expert...and was kindly ignored.
"The unexamined life is not worth living" (Socrates)
This week we address plant spacing in the garden, and provide you a moment to examine your self. Whether you are a slave to instructions on seed packages and other fixed traditions, or try a new seed spacing in crooked rows with each poke in the ground this topic is good to focus on when you plant. And, thankfully, it provides an opportunity to examine your gardening life.
We have spent the last three months reinventing Flora-Flow, the company--not the product. The reinvention has involved moving our production facility from Guatemala to Trenton New Jersey and are now located in the amazing Home Rubber Co, established 1882 (photo on right). This arrangement give us much more manufacturing flexibility including custom manufacturing if you want a special plastic (biodegradable, alternate colors, etc) or hole spacings, etc. Read on to learn about our new offerings and a season look ahead.