May 29, 2019
This week we discuss the issues and some of the research around plastics in horticulture, from our seed starting and potting up practices, our field production - so plastic field "mulches" and landscape or nursery fabrics/cloth, and our retail end with regards to sleeves etc.
Selected articles referenced in the podcast:
Situation in Europe:
Info on the Chinese ban on recycled plastics imports
Washington State University extension paper on landscape fabric
Biopolymers and plastic pots:
Schrader, James A.; Christopher J. Currey; Nicholas J. Flax;
David Grewell; and William R. Graves. 2018. Effectiveness of Biopolymer Horticultural Products for Production and Postproduction Nutrient Provision of Garden and Bedding. Hort Technology June 2018 28(3) 257-266.
Plastic mulches in agriculture:
Steinmetz et. al. 2016 Plastic mulching in agriculture. Trading short-term benefits for long term soil degradation? Review Article. 2016. Science of the Total Environment.
The Sustainable Flowers Podcast theme music was composed and performed by Heather's son Callum, and the challenging job of audio editing was done by the brilliant Laura Eccleston.