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Has anyone ever used this stuff

farmerjesse
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 08:34:12 GMT

Someone recommended hessian/burlap for germinating carrots so I found some in some (or something similar) in large quantities for fairly cheap and wanted to know if anyone on a decent scale has ever used this stuff for anything? A light colored landscape fabric? Germination? Anything? https://amzn.to/2HvelBg

Dawson Mehalko
Tue, 27 Aug 2019 11:59:24 GMT

I think I heard something about Singing Frogs using burlap rolls to germinate carrots during summer and they have excellent results with it. I'm planning on giving it a shot next year, never thought of it as a possible landscape fabric though, might be possible, just not sure about how quickly it'll break down. Anyway I was planning on purchasing it from Uline, their prices are cheaper than what you found, they specifically have some listed for AG, and they have a wide range of widths.

Dylan House
Wed, 28 Aug 2019 12:09:41 GMT

I've used burlap as shade cloth for lettuce years ago. Works great just doesn't weather very well.

erikdtz
Fri, 30 Aug 2019 04:29:15 GMT

When I did a workshop at Singing Frogs Farm they used burlap on direct seeded carrots to keep the soil cooler and moister for longer.

broadforkfarm
Sun, 01 Sep 2019 20:35:28 GMT

A friend of mine (at Tiny Farm Blog) has written a few times about using burlap: https://tinyfarmblog.com/tag/burlap/?cn-reloaded=1

millmeadowfarm
Fri, 04 Oct 2019 18:12:25 GMT

I've always used coffee sacks for carrot germination -- some are even 30" wide to fit my beds. The double layer can retain moisture for several days, which helps if you don't live on site and/or have multiple locations. If there is a coffee roasting facility near you they may give them away for free. I try to soak them overnight in a big tub first because top down soaking with the sprayer takes 12 years. Also, gets the most soluble ink out of the material.