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  • The Gardening Rebel
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    May I ask how much the fencing and weed barrier cost for your no till planting? looks like the cost would rather on the high end

  • lane laney
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    Good to hear it worked out in the end. I've been using cardboard with cutouts in parts of my organic garden for years and I can tell you it works great! I get ample cardboard from our 2 local C0-Op Organic Stores to be sure there isn't any toxic ink used in the print on the boxes. I also soak the cardboard 'slightly' first. Makes it easier to set down and cut.

  • Richard Portelli
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    That is great news.nothing bad there. Can you just use clover as a cover all year round for those crops you want clean instead of the paper? Would be less work I would think?

  • Sylvia Vega-Ortiz
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    Gosh on the surface it looks like you outsmarted yourself on this one but I think the reality is you have a win-win if you just put the paper down as you plant into it rather than letting it lay there to decompose while waiting for the later plantings.

  • TheFranticRobotic
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    MARK!
    I live in Pittsburgh, PA. quick question, could I plant a cover crop and just mow a path lay down the organic paper and plant instead of using woodchips? trying the best way to avoid watering the plants every day.

  • Ontheroadwith Joy
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    I' m a small scale organic , backyard gardener, and used to use newspapers..[6 thick] for a one year weed barrier. I switched over to nice large card board boxes, as they last longer, and no newsprint. Usually I wet them down good, then cut the planting holes, or if doing a close spaced row, just plant, wait till the seedlings come up, and then but them up close and cover with some mulch material….[I like wood chips, as they hold it down well and are pretty].

  • Valerie Gordon
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    So when soil testing is done to determine what soil deficiency there might be, are you saying that this is not really necessary?
    Instead, it's better to focus on cover crops and organic matter?

  • Michael Phelps
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    I've been looking for a video on how to establish a cover crop into an existing grass/lawn without tilling first. Do you have any suggestions?

  • Donald Damron
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    Hi Mark, another great explanation, enjoyed very much, I guess worms like your paper lol. Great garden it's coming along real well. Don

  • mobyhunr
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    just put more paper on top before planting. it only needs to last a few months. carboard my not be organic

  • Bujar Lajqi
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    Hey Mark! I hope all is well with you. This video got me thinking. I have a fairly new garden and I covered it in wood chips last year and this year put down a good amount of compost. I am not far from you and have been experiencing the same wet weather as you. I think bc of that I have these massive mushrooms growing all over the place. Some even grew up through my chives and pushed them away. Any idea why I would be getting so many mushrooms? Could I have a very dominate fungus to bacteria ratio bc of all of the woody materials?

  • Harold Wong
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    This sounds like the merging of two sides of a coin. BTE was the simplistic implementation of the soil food web whereas your method (growing soil) is the methodical implementation. It sounds like it is time to pile on the wood chip and let the fungal process flourish and exemplify itself as the BTE it's suppose to be. Perhaps what took Paul to do in 30 years you were able to do in 6 years.

  • julian Baberze
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    Would it be bad just to let the rye grow around the kale and roman lettuce to a certain height like 1 or 2 inch ? And have you thought useing Hairy vetch alongside rye or is that redundant?

  • TheEmptynester
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    I am glad it turned out to be good news. I think the amount of rain contributed to the breakdown also. Making it easier for the worms.

  • Stilgar74
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    So exciting to see the signs of a fungal dominant eco system at work! What we all are aiming for. Great post!

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