To Till or Not to Till


| 4/14/2015 10:09:00 AM


Tags: No Till, Worms, Organic, Cardboard, Mulch, Rima Austin,

Rima AustinMy skin smells like earth and I love it. I wish I could come up with a way to capture this smell in perfume because I think I would wear it every day. The way my skin smells, however, is not the focus of my story, though it is the reason I smell like the dirt I will be writing about.

Before the weeding 

As a lot of you already know I have yet to be able to get my tiller started. I think it is crazy how equipment will literally be working one day and then be completely dead the next. Of course, it has sat in the barn all winter but I walked it, while running, into the barn last fall and I left it there. Did I somehow shift into some alternate universe over the winter where everything is backwards?

Because the garden will not wait for the tiller to decide whether it wants to be productive or not, I decided to practice the “no-till” method. Let me ask here too, am I the only one for whom it seems almost everything that has to be done on a homestead is done out of necessity? I don’t recall there ever being a time when I was just standing there and saying to myself, “I think I’ll do such and such today because I have nothing better to do with my time.” No, it has always been some pressing matter bearing down on me, and me having to attack these chores in matter of importance. Again, I digress.

During the weeding 




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