[Market-farming] Loss of Soil Carbon After Tilling

Garth & Kim Travis gartht at txcyber.com
Mon Oct 26 11:41:04 EDT 2009


I do make a living with my no till gardens, but we are primarily tomato 
farmers so yes, I do use raised beds like a home gardener.  The cost of 
setting up my beds was high, but I wouldn't be in business with anything 
else.  Raised beds will allow my garden to survive 45" of rain in 45 
days or the hottest, driest summer on record.  I have been through both 
with my beds.

My tomatoes are the most expensive in the market and they fly off the 
table.  People can taste the nutrition in them.  We use rabbit manure on 
the beds every fall, after the first frost.  Then solarize, then put the 
landscape fabric and mulch back on the beds.  They are sitting ready to 
plant when the time comes, regardless of what the weather is doing.

My winter crop beds are not no till, but that is about to be changed.  I 
can't get them planted this year. I have heavy clay soil, so tilling 
when wet is a good way to make adobe.  This year, I haven't been able to 
till or plant for the last 6 weeks.  Every time I get almost dry enough, 
it rains, again.  The real beauty of the no till garden to me is that 
the rain doesn't mess up my planting schedule.

Bright Blessings,

Etienne Goyer wrote:
> Do you do it at a commercial level?  Ie, are you selling at least some
> of your produce from no-till gardening?  If yes, what would be the pros
> and cons of this approach for a market farmer?

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