78: Is there really a difference between no till soil and tilled soil? We decided to find out in three different locations on our farm: the forest, a field that hasn’t been tilled in over…

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  1. Still sceptical? Why not try no-till on a single land and see for yourself the changes in the soil and crops. If the results are to your liking, extend the practice to another land and so on. Applying no-till or minimum-till in vegetables will differ from farm to farm according to the crops that are grown and the climatic conditions, but it’s certainly worth a trial. Zeljko Serdar, CCRES
    https://solarserdar.blogspot.hr/2017/11/no-till-farm-technique.html?showComment=1511082506526#c104232302018851274

  2. That soil is under the forest and covered by vegetation so it doesn't compress. Look some open area like field that rain drops fall the soil directly and see the big clods and how compacted it is. In the nature, the open areas are tilled by wild animal drove that run away from hunters. They till the soil with them hooves. Also wild boars till with it's big teeth, mole crickets till and etc. Also vegetation cover absorbes the rain drops' energy and prevents the drop beats, hits and press the soil
    Tilling is of course necessary but sufficiantly, not more. If you look the raised beds that full of the compost ones may not need to be tilled but natural soil have to be tilled and prepared for sowing, especially for the big crop fields, not few square meters gardens.

  3. That's too much compost. Plants like soil.your soil isn't bad it's just dead. Grow a cover crop in it and use a fine thin mulch on the top. You will have to water your cover crop yeah Ik it's crazy but that cover crop is going to revive the soil.

  4. Also one thing you may want to warn viewers about is the place they get chips from. Most tree services cut state right of ways which are treated regularly with pre emerging chemicals on the road side. Just a issue I have seen

  5. Just wondering coming from a farming family we always garden as I call it old style. So please forgive me if this question sounds rather critical it's not in anyway meant to be.. Would using this technique introduce unwanted issues into your garden area ? By that I mean high acidic levels or even upset you nutrient levels in a negative way? Also would this not also promote a breeding ground for pest Fire Ants Termites Scorpions Snakes and other rodents?

  6. you will see that you will never have enough wood chips. even with that first bed when the plants are growing the wood chips will disappear more quickly with the soil covered in crops and roots actively growing in them. keep up the great work.

  7. the only problem with using wood chips is you need to add extra nitrogen to counteract the carbon, so all the ways in which you can fix nitrogen back in the soil is needed.

  8. Weird, i got a reply today to a comment a month ago from you and you had already replied a month previously. Maybe it was for the other person who commented on our comments? In order to write this i had to sit through an advertisement for ALIEN… the movie.. Lol I take it you have opened the doors for advertisers on your channel!? I will grime and bear them if it means you guys benefit! Hope everyone is well on your farm. Kindest regards, Oliver.😊

  9. I haven't seen anyone actually do that on video. Amazing what difference, with essentially the same base soil, there is with the tilled ground compared to the living earth in the woods.

  10. I got almost pure clay for soil and using Eden and applying wood chips and layers of straw to plant (food waste, grass clippings etc) in 2 years I don't even need tools to dig!!! I can plant and pull crop's by hand very easily even the young kids. Can't wait to see your future results!!

  11. Compare your pasture to the prairies of the mid west. Farmers came and started plowing the soil and we ended up with the dust bowl. Top soil that was feet deep blew away and today the top soil layer is measured in inches that can be counted on one hand.

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