Operating a No-till garden can be challenging at first, but once you understand the concepts it can be simpler than a conventional roto-tilled system. A no-till system will typically require less watering and less weeding.
Gardening is a popular tool for homeowners to grow their own food. It is important to remember the soil in which the plants are grown is more than just a medium to grow things. It is a living thing and we must treat it as such. Incorporating cover crops can boost soil productivity and reduce commercial fertilizer needs.
Keys to success:
- Keep a layer of residue on the surface – add residue if needed (grass clippings, straw, leaves, landscape fabric…)
- Rotation of cool season, warm season, grasses and broadleaves
- Plant a cover crop between rows or after harvest of your crop, keep a living root in the soil as much as possible
- Never disturb/till the soil