There is obviously less disturbance from a single use of a DISC HARROW
compared to other "conventional" tillage tools.
I'm NOT advocating to NEVER TILL any soil ever, never is a very very long
I do promote the use of "NO-DIG", NO TILL, or "CONSERVATION TILLAGE"
To me one of the vastly understated aspects of usings conservation tillage,
including "raised-beds" is the associated use of dedicated FOOTPATHS.
Footpaths restrict soil compaction to soils other than those in which we are
hoping to promote the growth of plant roots, mycorrhizas, worms & bacteria.
Except for some anaerobic soil bacteria, most other soil organisms need
oxygen from well aerated soils.
I believe that in order to for us to assist plant growth & promote diverse
soil biota, we humans will need to "think about what it is to be healthy &
growing plant root, worm or other soil organism"
The root meaning of the term "TILLAGE" tells it for me:
"tillage" = to work a soil (UNTIL) a suitable seedbed has been provided.
There are many variations of plant seeds, growing bioregions & sites....&
still some time to learn by experiments in growing crops - our successes &
hope this helps
----- Original Message -----
From: "Gloria Baikauskas" <gcb49@...>
Sent: Thursday, March 13, 2003 2:18 PM
Subject: Re: [fukuoka_farming] Mycorrhizas Bacteria & EFFECTS OF TILLAGE &
OR SOIL DISTURBANCES
> Don.....Edward Faulkner in 1943 said that if the plow had never been
invented, but instead only the disk harrow we would not have the problems we
have today. Does a disk harrow cause problems for mycorrhizas?
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