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Douglas Gayeton


Instead of synthetic herbicides, organic farmers rely on a variety of tools to supress weeds, including mulch.

Location: Red Wagon Organic Farm, Boulder, CO
Featured: Wyatt Barnes
Plants grow by using photosynthesis to convert sunlight into energy. This process requires specific light wavelenghts, which differ from crop to crop. By reflecting light from the appropriately colored plastic mulch onto plant leaves, plant development can be greatly accelerated. Examples include red plastic mulch for tomatoes and metallized silver for peppers and potatoes.

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