Tarping vs Tilling for Salad Production

Farmer: Brent Preston and Gillian Flies

Farm: The New Farm

Region: Central

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Article Type: Research Protocol

Research Priorities: Soil Health 

To help regenerate soil health, Brent and Gillian want to reduce the number of tillage passes they makes for their production of organic salad mix. Given that salad greens are relatively labile in composition (i.e. easily decomposable), they want to try tarping as a method for bed preparation before they direct seed at the start of the season and between succession plantings.