- Jun 21, 2008
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if you bury everything you raked down deep enough and then kept the surface scraped bare of weeds that would be pretty close to how i am doing things currently. we do have some bugs, but not many, but also i'm not in your climate/area so i don't know what this would actually do.I have been a "no till" gardener for several years. Because I just didn't have a tiller. I would dig and turn over the soil in the row by hand, then after planting, add more newspaper, cardboard and straw to the whole garden.
This method really cut down on the weeds and the need to water, but the trade-off was that it gave excellent cover for harmful bugs to hide, and multiply. As a result, I got very little edible produce from the garden. Every tomato was pock-marked by bugs sticking their nasty little beaks in to the tomato and leaving poison that would make the tomato rot quickly. Green beans--after the peak picking, the rest got so many bites they didn't even look like a bean anymore. Squash bugs....Oh the horror!! on my zucchini! I used the least harmful (to me) insecticides I could find, but need to find something that actually works. IDK, maybe the Spinosad was old?
So, I am trying something different this year. Only deep digging on those crops that have deeper root systems. I got a cultivator, and am using it to turn under the debris that is left after I raked the whole garden free of straw, pine needles, pine shavings and partially decomposed cardboard.
I will be using soaker hoses, and plenty fertilizer. We'll see what happens.
That's interesting you mention that, the lady specifically mentioned in the structure class that those annoying clumps should be left. I don't actually recall why now, it's in my notes somewhere. I think that they have nutrients in them and the plant can burst them themselves when they're ready? I wish I remembered. -.-I still love my tiller. George Morris tells we equestrians to not pick up and carry anything that can be transported with something else, like a wheelbarrow or tractor, bc you should always save your back. I have translated this to same with a spade. Why break up compacted soil with your spade? You always end up breaking it into smaller pieces with your fingers, anyway. If you don't want the weeds, use a raised bed and put cardboard down at ground level, then fill with soil. All of the seeds deeper in the soil and weeds that send runners underground won't come up in That bed.
I think you might want to research straw bale gardening, which is essentially no till compost gardening since you don't dig to plant.
I want you to find your notes. Ever since Mike Bloomberg insulted all of us with his horticulture advice: to presume that digging a hole, sticking a seed in, one and done--I am even MORE fascinated about growing methods that I am not familiar with.That's interesting you mention that, the lady specifically mentioned in the structure class that those annoying clumps should be left. I don't actually recall why now, it's in my notes somewhere. I think that they have nutrients in them and the plant can burst them themselves when they're ready? I wish I remembered. -.-