Growing a good cover crop like hairy vetch and rye and then no tilling
pumpkins has great potential for weed control . In 3 out of the last 4
years I've grown some of my pumpkins (2 acres each year) without
herbicides and had excellent weed control. The year it didn't work, was
because the cover crop was not well established. On my 20 acres of
no-till pumpkins, I use very few pesticides, get good yeilds and have
little disease. I rotate as well. The nice thing about no -till pumpkins
is that they are cleaner-customers really like that. No-till pumpkins
are sparking alot of interest around here for that reason alone.
-- Steve Groff
"Enhancing the Environment" http://www.cedarmeadowfarm.com/ Cedar Meadow Farm 679 Hilldale Road Holtwood, PA 17532 USA
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