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Wayt Smith

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Where I live a hoe ways about four pounds and cuts easily through tree roots. Probaly less work the those wheel things, way less work then a shovel. Also key lined a field with a 'piocha; or a pick with a wide side.
3 years ago
Those we call gallina ciega-blind chickens. They are the larvae of large beetles. They will eat roots if there normal food supply is depleted. They eat low quality organics. I suffer damage from them when if have dug compost , or not completely done compost into the ground during the rainy season. Dont dig, they will proliferate on the undone compost then  they eat your roots when they have exhausted there food supply. Another good and bad depending on the balance.
3 years ago
Fundamentally, I disagree with digging low quality organics into the soil. To become hummus and give back to your plants they need to suck in everything that life needs- nitrogen, phosphorous, potassium and the rest. They will give it back when they become hummus but until then they will out compete your plants. This stuff may help your mychorizia but until that develops its also a nutrient vacuum.  Amendments to me means something else- ashes, composted compost , manure epsum salt et al. This is a long term development that you did, not expected to do well at first and not worth doing in my climate and soil.
3 years ago
I think Sepp did mention that what works for him may not work for you. Didnt get to see Lawton as my compu is too slow.  didnt get to post for eaons for my name, Tylor seems familiar but common name for sleepless folk.  Seems right on though. Hugeculture created a dried out ant hill for me. Have huge experience with bio=intensive=but-its  based on french intensive which was to use up excess horse manure near Paris. For anyone with over forty inches of rain, I have to doubt that digging techniques will  not allow enough mychoriza to have proper phosphate levels. Your answers may be individual. I have double dug beds that I try to tend no till after digging in certain supplements. But these are always exesive in air and deficient in water( we get sixty inches but my weather volcanic soil wont hold it, . Only with no till field techniques can I show true soil building- more black soil then I carried up there. Only polyculture are truly sustainable but in time allows for some crops denser for now. Its an epoch subject but I suggest you try more then both of above. In the end, zone one is small and thats important.
3 years ago