len gardener wrote:way to go with the no-dig hey?
can't understand the tillers who want to rule dominion over nature.
no-dig the natural way
Matthew Nistico wrote:
@Chook-in-Eire - An intriguing experiment. It was good that you tried the two techniques side by side so that you can report the results here. I'd not heard of lazy beds, but after reading on Wiki I can see what you mean about them being anything but "lazy." I'm not surprised that the end result of you untilled bed was healthier looking soil at season's end. But you didn't address the one point that is central to my starting this thread: how did you go about harvesting them? Or I should rephrase: what was it about your total methods of planting and harvesting that allowed less disturbance of the soil in the no-dig beds?
Matthew Nistico wrote:@Chook-in-Eire - Thanks! Altogether lovely photos. And thanks for your description as well. So, the idea is that the potatoes naturally tend to form where the top of the soil and the bottom of the mulch layer meet? Or at least most of them? How interesting. And yes, if the end result was potatoes that could totally be dug with just your fingers, even the ones trying to grow down into the soil, then I can see how your method equals very little soil disturbance. I agree: I think that would be compatible with a no-till approach in a larger garden bed.