[permaculture] manual tools for tilling?
slowfoodguy at yahoo.com
Thu Apr 8 16:05:23 EDT 2010
And don't forget about including cleomes, and perhaps some amaranth too, in your "3" sisters guild!
The best fertilizer is the gardener's shadow.
--- On Mon, 4/5/10, Charlotte Dion <cadion at verizon.net> wrote:
From: Charlotte Dion <cadion at verizon.net>
Subject: Re: [permaculture] manual tools for tilling?
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Date: Monday, April 5, 2010, 11:55 PM
You might want to look at broadforks, aka u-bar tillers. We've convinced
our community gardeners to give up the roto-tilling by having this tool
available. We have a sandy/loamy soil and the broadfork requires a whole
lot less human energy input than shovel or hand fork.
Your annual rye can be knocked down or mowed down to act as a mulch layer.
Digging in Spring is a happy thing!
> On 4/3/2010 8:51 AM, Marjory wrote:
>> Hello everyone,
>> I am about to start a good sized plot for a three sisters garden - about
>> 60'x40'. The soil is a loose sand with a bit of loam. It currently has
>> a good cover of annual rye grass. As my husband runs off to find a
>> motorized tiller to prepare the ground I am wondering if there is a low
>> tech version of a tool that could do the job? I've heard about the
>> Glazer wheel hoe being able to do some light cultivation with a plow
>> attachment. I am wondering if anyone has any experience with this, or
>> any suggestions? what tools would work to cultivate a plot this size?
>> I could do it with a shovel... but that would take a bit longer than I
>> am hoping to get it done in.
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