April/May Wind-Down

Who knew that choosing what type of cultivation to use for landscape plantings or food crops took such forethought? A friend of mine, who is quite a good gardener, posted a photo of herself with her rototiller, ready to prep the soil for planting her food crops in a community garden.  I cringed when I saw it.  On one hand, I know she’s a great gardener with a real green thumb, but on the other hand, I cant help but wonder what the long-term effect of her rototilling practice will have on that plot of land?

pitchforkChances are this is the way she’s been prepping gardens for years; it’s always been good enough, works fine, and it feels right.  But, what if she put the rototiller down and tried a different way? I know I can’t ask her to do that because at the end of the day, it’s her blood sweat and tears that is expended to cultivate her plot, not mine.  But, what if she stepped out of her comfort zone? What benefits would she discover? (a) Less blood, sweat and tears? (b) Better soil structure? (c) Sustainable land? (d) Better yield with less effort, watering or fertilizers?  Answer:  All of the above.