I received the following two emails. The problem was not the no-till. The
problem was the management of the no-till method. The soil was being
depleted of organic matter and soil compaction was the results. It is still being
depleted but the spader does not tell him that. I have seen this around the
world: a successful method but bad mangement so they said it failed.
Regardless of methods, soil should be no less than 5% OM.
Dripping Springs in Huntsville, AR, tried no-till beds for about five years,
but found that soil compaction was increasing and making it difficult to
transplant and so forth.
I got rid of my roto-tiller years ago. Now I, an older woman with a bad
back, grow all the vegetables I need easily and without the cost of fossil fuel.
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