I saw a recent article by Organic Gardening talking about preparing your soil for planting in the spring. The article titled, “Preparing Your Soil in Spring,”talks about working your soil to get it ready. They don’t use the word till, but do talk about working it, which is pretty much the same.
On the same Organic Gardening site they have an article on the benefits of no-till gardening. There conclusion is that no-till is both good for the gardener, the soil and the planet.
So what should a home gardener do?
While I’ve been a conventional gardener in the past, because I’ve had mostly perennial beds I have ended up basically in the no-till camp. I’m going to go even farther this year and use no fertilizer, but instead use compost and cover crops to improve my soils. Most of my research comes from the USDA-NRCS and their videos on YouTube which show the advantages of this method for conventional farms, but which should also apply to home gardeners.