To Till Or Not To Till? That Is the Question

If you’re wondering whether or not you should till your garden, this video explains the benefits and drawbacks of both options.

A common question that sustainable gardeners often wrestle with is whether or not to till their gardens. It may seem that tilling would be the obvious answer at first. After all, it breaks up the soil, allowing water and air to penetrate, incorporates organic matter, and breaks up and kills weeds, right?

Masanobu Fukuoka, author of  The One Straw Revolution would disagree. Fukuoka learned from his father’s farm when converting from conventional to organic farming, that one of the keys to healthy soil was not to disrupt the delicate microbial communities by tilling.

In this short video, Marjorie from The Grow Network explains more about why tilling may not always be the best idea – plus the one instance when you may want to go ahead and till your garden:

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Rose S.

An avid gardener since childhood, I love sharing my passion for gardening with others! I have gardened in a number of different climates and settings, from large fenced garden plots, to tiny patio and container gardens, and I firmly believe that everyone can learn to grow at least some of their own food - no matter where you live. Growing your own food can help you take control of your own health and food supply, and there has never been a better time to get started!

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