[Market-farming] Coleman: "We no longer dig the garden." /No-till in the organic mainstream

Bill Bradshaw billbradshaw at hughes.net
Thu Feb 1 09:06:02 EST 2007


Guys , I guess I am missing something here. We are all trying to grow plants 
and take care of our crop land. If your ground needs to be plowed plow it. 
If not just plant it. I do not think all crop land is the same and can not 
be treated the same. To wiggle the fork or not? TexasBill


Subject: Re: [Market-farming] Coleman: "We no longer dig the garden." 
/No-till in the organic mainstream


>I guess I'm more interested in the amount of disturbance the
> broadfork does to the community of soil organisms. What does it do to
> micorizzal fungi? Would their be much loss of carbon from the soil.
> If you just rock back on the fork enough to move the soil would that
> keep the disturbance low enough while causing enough loosening for
> good root growth? I guess that depends on the definition of enough.
> Isn't root growth the purpose of using the broadfork?
>
> Marty
> Kansas City
> On Feb 1, 2007, at 12:43 AM, Steve Diver wrote:
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>> Paul wrote:
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>> "I'm sure you understand that shallow weed hoeing
>> (or using the broadfork) is not tillage."
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>> Fyi, I've always viewed the broadfork as the gardeners
>> equivalent of a chisel plow (primary tillage), to be followed
>> by a Warren hoe and then a four-prong rake (secondary tillage)
>> to break up the clods and prepare a seedbed.
>>
>> Steve Diver
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