No-till Gardening Underway

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With the second season of no-till gardening at the Veggie-Bed, the soil amendment and cultivating phase was started.

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The prior season we turned over the top layer of soil to remove weeds and create the raised rows.

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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.

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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

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