Will This Technique Enrich My Garden Soil?
I tilled up the soil in my garden for the winter, then covered it with all of my leaves, old grass clippings, and 100 lbs of finely shredded paper. I then ran my mulch mower over all of this several times, and then turned it over with the tiller to about 10 inches in depth. Will this make the soil rich for the spring or should I add something else? By the way, my garden is 30′ x 30′.Click image to watch great video on fungi.
I have to ask…where did you learn this technique? Please point me to your source, so I can SLAP them!
I would not recommend this to anyone in the Compost Junkie Tribe.
Not only do I try to avoid tilling my soils, I would never mix all these materials into my upper soil layer. Old leaves, old grass clippings, and shredded paper are all very high in carbon, and they would serve much better as a mulch.
Please note, there is an incredible soil-building technique we learned from Sepp Holzer, our permaculture guru, called Hugelkultur. Hugelkultur is a German term describing a technique in which you build raised beds over top of decaying logs. However, the technique you’re practicing is quite different. We will discuss hugelkultur and it’s derivatives in an upcoming article.
Will this enrich your soil for the spring?
You may experience a short-term flush of nutrients from the repeated tilling, but overall I suspect you have a great learning experience on your hands. Consider this a wonderful experiment, and please report back to us about your results and productivity. For the time being, I have to remain skeptical of this technique.
If possible, try your best to hammer your garden soils with fungal-dominated compost tea. You have added a lot of woody/carbon material to your soils and fungi have the unique ability to degrade these substances.
Below is a great video on the power of Fungi.
Has anyone else in the Tribe experimented with this technique? Anyone else have suggestions for George?
Please keep us posted on your results George.
Compost Junkie Dave