Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Preparing beds for planting!

Diggin' soil :) Here, we are tilling up the soil. With this hand method, although it's more time consuming compared to major food industry crop farms having machines "till" the soil, our method has a lower possibility of compaction occurring with soils. This is important because once a soil becomes compacted, there is minimal (if any) water movement, no ion exchange going on for nutrients between plants, and you end up with a non-diverse soil that has little chance of survival, which is not good for our economy since we always need food readily available! Also, tilling up soil by hand gives us an opportunity to get rid of invasive species that affect soil health, like the notorious Quackgrass.

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