Tarps are sort of an unsung hero for a market gardener’s tool bag. They’re an unsuspecting critical piece of infrastructure that I wouldn’t farm without. Tarps also keep heavy rain off your soil during the colder months and allow you to get into your soil without waiting for it to dry out. I’ve found them to be crucial in Pacific Northwest and North Eastern climates where March through May is usually solid rain. If you can think ahead and prepare some bed blocks in the fall, then tarp them over winter, you can open them up really early in the fall, plant them out, then get a caterpillar tunnel over them to keep the rain off. You’ll be pumping production while most farmers are twiddling their thumbs waiting for a dry day!
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