[You didn't] need to dig a garden at all. Instead, you cleared off your crops, spread [...] very old farmyard manure 2-3in deep over the garden, sowed and planted into that and you got good crops. The theory behind this was that the earthworms pulled the manure down and aerated the garden and also that [... it] in turn suppressed weed growth rather as bark mulch does today.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote:You guys are blessed with those worms. It's hard to keep them around here in my hot and sandy loam.
Vidad MaGoodn wrote:Scattering seeds went well - I had plenty to eat with little toil. Which was good, because I picked up a bunch of freelance work that took me away from the garden later in the season.
You can see a little of what I did here:
I'm not the best teacher/filmmaker, but there you go. The drought stress started showing up a little after that video I made. The weather was hot and dry. All the greens were growing in a bunch of manure... all wonderfully green and healthy... until the manure crust started wilting everything out. If I'd really hacked and chopped and thinned I'm sure it would have done better. Root competition + poor absorption = plants under stress. What worked really nicely, though, was getting bags of lentils/chickpeas/green peas from the store, soaking them a day or two, then winging them across the garden and scattering brassicas in between. I had lots and lots of chop n' drop, plus plenty to feed my goats and chickens.