Tim Kivi wrote:I read articles by conventional and organic farmers that always say you need to keep adding more nutrients (fertilisers, compost) to soil because your harvested crops deplete the soil's nutrients.
Does no dig gardening also need this? I don't generate enough waste to make compost, and don't want to buy anything. All I have available are worm tea and horse manure tea, but as they're spread with a watering can they're not time efficient.
When the indigenous people harvested root crops in this province, they disturbed the soil with their digging sticks, but the root crops took over the space again, replacing any weeds as years progressed as this was their prime growing territory. No additional fertilizer was needed, so long as they didn't disturb an extensive area all at once.
The crops they grew and the methods they used cause the soils to be completely depleted of nutrients, today we have huge corporations that promote this wasteful method so they can sell you their fertilizers and other chemicals, not the best way to improve soil by any stretch of imagination.