No till gardening

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  1. adam.ca

    adam.ca Seedling

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    do you practice the no-till method?
     
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    mart Hardy Maple

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    We do not till at all,, we plow :) !
     
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    sounds worse
     
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    No I don't.
     
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    Yes and have for almost 8 years...better yields, no plowing or tilling, a lot less weeding and no muddy harvesting after rains, I now have rich soil and not clods of dirt, earthworms and good natural organisms at work in the soil because they are not killed by plowing and/or tilling. Look in the forest and fields, the Creator does not plow or till and the forest and fields are lush and full of life and growth.

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    Not sure where you are located Deepwoods but here in Texas we have to turn the soil in some way or no planting would get done ! As to our forests and woodlands,, well I am sure you have not seen them !
     
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    back to Eden method has great reviews, seems to work for everyone. @mart just add more much / woodchips. it would be interesting to see if it could work in Texas. I'd encourage you to try in a small spot in your garden.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Texas has 12 ecological regions, so there is a possibility that the method will work in some parts of the state.
     
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    Which one Toni ? Take a guess ! Certainly not in mine ! I have tried the wood chips and wound up with more bugs than I could kill !
     
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    No till works anywhere..I live in the west TN/north Ms area, zone 7, red clay and sandstone packs as hard as concrete after a rain.
    And yes I have seen your area, your forest and woodlands, I was a truck driver for many years.
    No till will work there too...plenty of people use it in areas far worse than NE Texas.

    This is the same garden as the prior photo I posted but this is what the dirt looked like before I started no till....hard clods of red clay and sandstone.
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    why till when you can just not till.
     
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    Not tilling just will not do in our lottie. There are too many weeds...serious-types of weeds. But aside from that, I prefer min tilling to aerate the soil which I feel is an important factor. To totally neglect the soil and not disrupt it at all is not realistic for me. I also like working-in my green manure to speed up the composting process as well as add structure to my soil. Further, I believe that if I don't crack the soil whilst min-tilling; breaking up the crust, that too much water will run off, taking the superficial nutrients with it.
     
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    toni Mistress of Garden Junque Staff Member Moderator Plants Contributor

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    Mart I have no idea which sections of the state would be benefit from that gardening system. I live on the Blackland Prairie and even a tiller will not cut through the hard as concrete black clay here in summer or drought conditions. I have no lawn, pulled up all the grass years ago to create the gardens, put lots of mulch everywhere and after 13 years I still have to use a heavy duty gardening fork to get through it to plant anything.
    Only thing I have found that works is forking in compost but to get really digable soil I would have to scrape off the top 5 inches of clay and replace it with good soil/compost.
     
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