no till gardeningSpring gardening is never complete without vegetable gardening. It would be a good practice to plant a few vegetables now with a little precaution that you also need to protect young seedlings from just in case frost or light freeze during the early spring time.

This is also the best time to start preparing your garden and explore if you can avoid tilling this year. You also need to be careful of the garden weeds and ways to control it as this would otherwise cause much harm to vegetables. Do not try over-applying the harsh chemicals.

No-till gardening involves seeding or planting directly into the soil, using some type of mulch cover. When tilling a garden, it turns up not only the soil, but also the “seed bank”, those weed seeds that are under the ground and just waiting for a bit of sun, oxygen and a little water to begin growing. If you use no-till, these seeds remain undisturbed for the most part, so the possibility of a less weedy garden is much better.

Start with cleaning your garden and remove any vegetable plant debris and weeds leftover from the previous season, as this may carry disease, weed seeds and insects. Then use compost, bark or other organic mulch, leaf litter or clean straw in a one to two inch layer. Newspaper or other type of biodegradable layer with or without the mulch layer would also be a good idea.

The next step would be to mark the garden rows for crops, and remove the mulch down the soil. Go for normal planting with digging a hole or making a furrow. Drip irrigation lines can be placed alongside the rows for ease of watering.

With the progress of spring gardening season keep an eye open for the weeds; keep them at minimum as far as possible.

Layer of mulch will help not only keeping the weeds down, but also keeping the soil more moist and the roots of plants cooler helping plants grow better.

Ensure that the splash from soil is minimum, which can help keep diseases from infecting plants, fruits, and vegetables.

Dead vegetation must be removed at the season ending keeping the mulch in-situ. This layer of leftover mulch will decompose and be rich with earthworms and other beneficial microorganisms, which will greatly improve your soil. When it comes with next season you remain at advantage of adding just mulch and go ahead.

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