[permaculture] manual tools for tilling?

Tripp Tibbetts 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.
-Chinese proverb

--- 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.
>> Thanks,
>> Marjory

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