Converting a garden to no-till
step-mom, Jayne, decided to convert her garden to no-till.
Previously, she had used her mulching mower to shred tree leaves and
grass clippings from her lawn, then applied the organic matter to the
vegetable garden as a generous coating of mulch. However, she
also tilled the soil every spring and fall.
In fall 2010, Jayne
stopped tilling, but kept adding mulch. Come
spring, she simply pulled the mulch back from directly over top of her
seeds (or seedlings), then scooped the mulch back into place around the
plants once they were up and running. Despite using the same
amount of mulch as in previous years, Jayne reported that this
year's garden had far fewer weeds than earlier gardens had.
Our chicken waterer makes it easy to go out of town without worrying about the flock.
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