I see my job as a gardener is to be mostly a servant of the soil. Crops are merely my wages if I've been a good and faithful servant.
Are these ideas opposed to each other?
If you plant a cover crop, how to you plant what you want later unless you till it back in?
John Polk wrote:
Once you have developed good tilth, a good broad fork should be all you need.
It will provide a light mixing without the damaging effects of high speed steel.
Thanks for all of the replies.
I planted a cover crop last year (I'm new at all this) and wondered how I was supposed to plant unless it was turned under?
I used my stirrup hoe to work it back in - so based upon the responses, I did not "till" it because I didn't use a rottotiller.
So, am I still cool, still in the in crowd?
I plan to broadcast grass seed where I want it, when the cover crop isn't yet high enough to block all the soil, and before the next cutting, so that the cut cover crop then becomes a mulch for the scattered seed.