“When you rototill an area, you kill off a lot of the useful creatures in the soil, both macroscopic and microscopic.
On a forest floor or a healthy patch of prairie, these creatures break down debris and turn it into the soil, bringing plants the good stuff they need to thrive.
One of the reasons I don’t use pesticides and herbicides (with the exception of the occasional nicotine spray to kill pesky cucumber beetles) is because I do not want to kill soil life.
Just because you can’t see what’s happening beneath your feet doesn’t mean you should ignore it.”
Read the rest of my new post over at The Grow Network.
I’m obviously not a complete no-till advocate but there are some things to consider before you decide to pummel the soil into submission.
I read today that a global no-tillage meta-analysis with residue retention found increased soil microbial biomass C by 25%, microbial nitrogen by 64% and microbial biomass carbon-to-soil organic carbon quotient by 57%. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038071718300737
If the study is correct, that’s impressive.