No till garden, mowing between rows
Garden weeds were becoming difficult to deal with, and rototilling cumbersome so this year for the first time I did not rototill at all, I used a ‘middle buster’ on a small tractor to dig a 4″ ditch for plants, planted them, and now using an Oregon 40v 16″ battery push
mower to mow between rows. Looks like it might work for me.
That works well. To bump it up a notch, spread clover seed between rows early, and mulch well between plants. This will add nitrogen back into the soil and suppress weeds. The mulching will protect plants from the growth spreading up to and around them.
I did that one year and it worked great. In the fall, after harvest I turned all the clover back in. The following year my garden produced on steroids.
I do this extensively with about a 4′ wide swath of grass/clover between rows. I mow them several times a year and put the clippings in the compost pile with the chicken run litter. I make around 8 to 10 yards of primo compost every year.
By early summer the grass turns brown and is maintenance free without weeds popping up…as long as it doesn’t get water.
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