rainbowgardener wrote:I don't know... if the holes are close enough, then you can choose to plant in every hole or every other or every third, etc. You will just have to mulch over any un-used holes, so weeds don't pop up in them.
It seems like an improvement over your plastic, since it is supposed to be air and water permeable.
Beyond that I can't say, because I only use organic mulches like the grass clippings and stuff you mentioned. The one thing about your mats is that they add nothing to the soil. Therefore you are condemned to keep fertilizing. And since putting compost on top of them won't add much to the soil either due to the barrier, you are probably condemned to keep using liquid synthetic fertilizers. I don't use any chemicals in my garden either. But if you do, then your mats will probably work well in that kind of regime.
I do use synthetic fertilizers so that doesn't bother me about the mats. The one thing that bothers me is the hole placements. They list the mats and the vegetables they were design for but some see to be really close. I will basically be planting the same crops every year. With the mats I do have to plan my garden well.
One thing I liked about the mats they can be used for a couple years (at least they say they can!) Just lift them and rinse them off for next year. The plastic mulch I used did come up pretty easy this fall when I cleaned up but I really wasn't happy with the weeds in between and the lack of water to the plants.
They would cost a bit to get started but this is a hobby for me and the cost doesn't really matter. I'm also getting a hoop house this summer to extend my growing season in NEPA. The hoop house will be located on a different spot on my property.
I like the idea of running seeper hoses under the mats to make watering much easier. Just trying to get ideas before spring!