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Apr 17, 2014 8:15 PM CST
|Found the pod cast informative and at the same time enjoyable. By the way just to set the record straight, that large seed fork avatar of mine is something I use almost every day, I have no tiller any more, does that look like something "she" would use?|
Apr 18, 2014 6:28 AM CST
|My sincerest apologies! |
Although I would never assume that any woman *couldn't* handle such a tool!
Apr 18, 2014 6:36 AM CST
|I wondered how Trish knew whether you were a "he" or a "she" and whether she was right!|
Apr 18, 2014 6:53 AM CST
|Oh, I did not say couldn't use it , I of course was referring to the fact that she wouldn't use it, the color is all wrong!|
Apr 18, 2014 7:20 AM CST
| Actually laughing over here! |
@dave- you would think I would have learned my lesson about assuming after all these years! But, no.
Apr 20, 2014 5:30 PM CST
|The simplest thing you can say about tilling versus no-till is that tillage is a process that steadily and inevitably converts soil (a living community) into dirt (a dead growing medium). In general, plants grow infinitely better in soil than they do in dirt.|
Apr 20, 2014 6:18 PM CST
Apr 21, 2014 8:44 PM CST
KentPfeiffer said:The simplest thing you can say about tilling versus no-till is that tillage is a process that steadily and inevitably converts soil (a living community) into dirt (a dead growing medium). In general, plants grow infinitely better in soil than they do in dirt.
The opposite is also true. When I started my garden, my "soil" was dead in that it had no plant organic material in it. The house pad was carved out of a slope. The garden area was four feet down from the natural top of the slope. The previous owners had covered that area with weed barrier and decorative rock.
The soil consists of tightly compressed rocks with clay and silt in between them ... more rock than clay, but it has perfect drainage. It can rain hard for days and there will be no puddles.
The first year after I had the rock scraped away, weeds would not even grow in my garden. There are still areas I have not cultivated that won't grow weeds after ten year.
In the beds I have created, I've mulched twice a year. Initially, I could not dig a planting hole with a shovel. This year, I planted bulbs with a hand trowel. I have gobs of worms and I can see the fungi mentioned in the podcast when I work in any of the beds. The soil is not where I want it, but it is alive.
I'd rather weed than dust ... the weeds stay gone longer.