T.J. Stewart wrote:We use both no dig/till and we till, mainly because we don't yet have enough materials to fully go no till on all the areas on our 5 acre property. I prefer no till. It mimics nature, which does it best. There're SOOOO many reasons to grow no till. No till is AWESOME. Here's a tip for those wandering about what to do for weeds that pop up though their mulch. I like to use cardboard (free from most area stores) or newspaper if I have it. I cover the weeds with it and add more mulch on top of the cardboard/newspaper to hold it down. The weeds have no chance at coming back in that spot... at least not that season. LOVE no till. :)
Just a point of interest on the paper and cardboard. I posted about my first year and how I had to eventually till. Here is what was not shared. That first year I laid down paper and cardboard then the hay, about 4 inches thick or more. The winter snow, which was over 2 feet during the winter months, was not enough moisture come spring to dampen, break down the paper and cardboard. Yes, you can build if available, a foot high of mulch, compost etc to grow in ( like the eden method) but the best results even if you do that is when you lay down paper/cardboard is too soak it completely. Even though I had about 4 inches or so of hay on top, yet the paper and cardboard was so dry come spring, when I was ready to plant, weeds were still coming up from everywhere. Pushing the cardboard up, finding a hole to grow through, etc. If the paper is soaked and kept soaked it will actually break down and suppress the weeds in the interim. It will also become part of the soil eventually. If you do plant later it will be easy to make a hole and plant in it. Since TJ had success maybe it was the type of mulch that was used? finer and hold moisture better? I used hay and did not keep the cardboard saturated/damp to suppress. For me, all I know is I really had to soak the paper and keep it soaked to be successful to suppress weeds. Anyway, just something to think about if you use paper and cardboard.
Oh for a question that might come up. I did the best I could to over lap so that did not provide cracks for weeds. When everything was done in the fall there was no green, earth, soil to be seen.