Alabama Newscenter — Tips For Planting An Efficient, No-Till Garden

| June 20, 2021 @ 8:00 am

By Pat Keegan and Brad Thiessen
Alabama Living

One approach to gardening we’ve been excited about lately is no-till, also known as no-dig. No-till gardens have been gaining ground with farmers in recent years, partly because of the energy savings.

The principles behind no-till gardening work well for large farms, as well as smaller home gardens. No-till can be done without chemicals. Research shows the approach can produce more fruits and vegetables within a few years, and they get better over the long term. Best of all, it takes less time and effort –– and you won’t even have to fire up the rototiller.

Two ideas are at the heart of no-till gardening. First, don’t break up the soil. We usually think that by breaking up the soil and mixing it up, we keep weeds from growing. But tilling can bring weed seeds that are deep in the soil to the top where they can germinate and grow. Tilling also destroys microbes in the soil that bring nutrients to the plants.

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