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Soil Tillage

Posted by wayne_5 6a.IN (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 25, 14 at 13:08

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RE: Soil Tillage

So you are saying it is better not to till, or just mix up the top a little? I've read a book that said if you do not till, it leads to problems. For example, bind weed loves untilled soils, the lady said this in her book, and it just so happens people who do "no till" tomatoes, suffer from bind weed. what are the benefits?

RE: Soil Tillage

Matt, what book are you referring to? What are the problems this book spelled out? Just curious what book you read. Tks.

RE: Soil Tillage

Matt, I find for my own situation that I have deeply mixed in local peat moss, sand, and organic matter into the soil to bring the texture into a wonderful condition. This is in silty clay loam soil.Then annually I mix in more shallowly plant residues, rotted horse manure with lots of hay and straw, leaf compost, and leaf mulch...along with cover crop residues.

This works for me. Yes, I till when planting to make a nice seedbed. So I do believe in tilling, but I like to keep the enrichments up in the top 4 inches. The field across the fence is no-till and that is good for that situation.

RE: Soil Tillage

Thanks for all the books to read! I love having many different methods on hand as with nature every situation is unique to climate locale and soil composition. Just adding to the list of good reads Ruth Stout's Gardening Without Work has been a great resource for me, with her no till mulch heavy approach has really helped me, especially with my hard packed sun baked southern California soil

RE: Soil Tillage

@Tygerius:your advertising tactic is starting to get annoying.

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