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A layer of pathogen-free composted cow manure was applied to the rows and lightly worked in, leaving the surface undisturbed. The manure improves soil quality while acting as a slow-release fertilizer.
Young plants were growing in the greenhouse, awaiting transplanting into the garden when the right conditions prevail.
The ground is never disturbed again after the bed is established with ‘no-till’ gardening. Only compost and manure are ‘top dressed‘ on the top of the soil.
Writer: Tom Myrick