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No-Till Garden

Weeds do not have to be part of the equation when gardening.  I will show you three easy ways to have a no-till garden.



David Proctor


From Seed To Fork, Egg To Plate.

    We may not live on a farm, but we can grow where we live.

It is all about the soil!





No-Till Gardening

by David Proctor

 April 2, 2020

Urban Farm Lifestyle Magazine    Published Weekly

We always have in the back of our mind, hours of being bent over, pulling and tugging at weeds to try and achieve that perfect weed-free garden. 

This is of course after the tiller has been run to till under the weeds and loosen the soil.

What is really happening is that you are planting weeds when you till the soil. 

The best way is to not till or at least limit tilling by establishing permanent paths and areas for plant beds in the garden.

This way the area that you have your plants in does not become compacted.

The next thing is to use a good organic mulch so the weeds do not see the light of day.

This will also feed your plants and help maintain moisture in the garden for your plants.

This first type of no-till gardening will be discussed by Dr. Lee Reich, a former plant and soil researcher for the USDA and professor of horticulture, author, and longtime avid gardener.

To read more, Click this  link>>>


The next method of no-till gardening is dubbed “Lasagna Gardening” because it is done in layers like lasagna.

Start with newspapers or cardboard and place that on the ground where you would like to garden. 

Next start alternating layers of straw and manure or compost.  This will break down, giving your plants nutrients and at the same time controlling the weeds. 

Once your plants get some height to them, top the lasagna off with compost and straw.  To read more about this article that Teri wrote, click here>>>


Lasagne Gardening

Lasagne Gardening

The third method is the well-known gardening method by Mel Bartholomew, the square foot garden. 

The concept is to lay out a weed barrier, build a frame that is 4×4 and place a grid on top that has 1-foot squares. 

This is a very efficient method of gardening, as developed by an engineer. 

To read more about Mel’s method click this link>>>

Square Foot Gardening

Square Foot Gardening

This is the time of year to prepare for your garden.

I believe that having our own gardens will come back now that we are supposed to “Social Distance” ourselves with CV-19.

We may realize that the cure for what ails us doesn’t always come out of a bottle.

We will have much more phytochemically enriched food if we do not till the soil.

Tilling the soil breaks apart the microorganisms connections the soil that are used to transport nutrients.

Let’s get out and get our hands back in the soil instead of Lysol wipes!

Maybe we should wipe our hands in the soil before we shake hands, instead of fist or elbow bump!

Check It Out!

Mel Bartholomew – Introducing Square Foot Gardening  3:19

Quick Tip

1. Use organic material to keep weeds from sprouting.
2. Establish a permanent path in your garden to keep from compacting the soil.
3. Water using the drip method.
4. Use compost for fertilizing.
5. Sell the tiller!


“No-Till & Compost, and Still Problems.” Lee Reich. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2020.

“Maintain a Weedless Organic Garden.” Mother Earth News. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2020.

“Create an Instant Garden with Sheet Mulching or Lasagna Gardening.” N.p., Web 02 Apr. 2020.

“What Is Square Foot Gardening?” Mel Bartholomew. N.p., n.d. Web. 02 Apr. 2020.


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