I’ll admit that I’m skeptical of things that might be trendy or fad-ish. Old geezers get that way. Cranky and obtuse. But I’m not above trying something different in the garden, especially if it seems to make sense.
I’m not sure that no-till gardening qualifies as a fad. It’s been around quite a while, after all. Please don’t crucify me for suggesting the thought! But I’m set in my ways, and my way is tilling every year and covering things up with mulch again. I like the process, I like the results.
Time to broaden the horizons. I kept a bed of leaf mulch in place over the fall and winter, and this morning the pre-sprouted beans went in.
Marked the row…
Grabbed my beans…
Pulled back the leaves and planted.
Very easy, and I don’t have any doubts that it’ll work fine. One concern I had was that the soil seemed more dense and compacted than I’m used to when making planting holes in tilled soil, not nice and fluffy. I suspect that would change over years of not tilling.
But hey, I’m trying to keep an open mind and find new ways to garden more wisely. That’s something, isn’t it?