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Who will no-till/no-dig garden this year?

Discussion in 'Fruits & Vegetables' started by jasonvivier, Mar 26, 2015.

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Will you till or no-till?

  1. Get the gasoline, it's time to get that engine purring!

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  2. I'm mulching baby! No till!

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  3. Maybe, let me read more about it first.

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  1. Mar 26, 2015
    catjac1975

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    My husband is obsessed with tilling just right. I use tilling with a small tiller to keep weeds down. Using chicken and horse manure you get a lot of weeds. I use grass clipping to keep down the weeds of the most difficult to weed plants-like young carrots.
     
  2. Mar 26, 2015
    so lucky

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    I haven't had my garden tilled for maybe 4 years, but I do sometimes turn the rows with a shovel or garden fork, before I plant. Mostly just to get some air in there, as it compacts pretty bad. I use cardboard, newspaper and straw for mulch...along with the chicken poo.
     
  3. Mar 27, 2015
    dickiebird

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    Here's a pic of my tiller, so yes I do till, not only for myself but for a lot of other gardeners.

    820 jd w howse tiller.jpg

    Have tiller will travel.

    THANX RICH
     
  4. Mar 27, 2015
    ninnymary

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    Dickie, you don't mess around with tilling.

    Mary
     
  5. Mar 27, 2015
    TheSeedObsesser

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    You know that things are about to get serious when somebody brings a tiller like that out. Nice John Deere!
     
  6. Mar 27, 2015
    TheSeedObsesser

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    Alright then, I'll cast my vote for mulch. Yup! The weeds do give me a good idea about what my soil is like.

    I don't think that I'll have to worry about keeping my hands out of the dirt. I'll be helping at least one person out this summer. And I do have plenty of gardening neighbors to help out, none with vegis.

    I think that I'm already starting to lose my mind regardless. It's so different, not having trays of seedlings going already.
     
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  7. Mar 27, 2015
    Smart Red

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    Oh, no! SeedO not being allowed to plant? For goodness sake, don't you know someone who could use a bit of help with their garden sowing? I fear I would go crazy seeing all that garden space and not being able to work it. (Could purgatory be like that?)
     
  8. Apr 2, 2015
    bills

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    My Grandfather, who had a marvelous garden with great production every year, always tilled. He did this partly to mix in his compost, (much of it from seaweed), but also to aerate the soil and break the compaction that occurred over winter from the heavy rains.

    Nowadays the thinking leans more towards not tilling, least not deep tilling. I'm still somewhat torn between the methods, but I haven't been disappointed with just shallow tilling, as far as crop production goes. I do notice though, that weeds are more plentiful then they used to be, when I deep tilled in the fall.
     
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  9. Apr 3, 2015
    baymule

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    I started with Mega weeds, saplings and a tangle of briars. You bet your boots I dug the crap out of the garden. Pulled roots, briar bulbs and stumps. It will take awhile to get to no till. My garden at the house we sold had reached Nirvana. I just put compost on top and loosened with a spading fork. I will work towards no till, but had to get started somehow.
     

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