Le Potager du Sloth: garden without efforts with hay. Hay: a super-material "in 4 1"
DR photos: Didier Helmstetter.
Introductory Photo: vegetables grown in soil never worked - or spade or hoe or hoe or Grelinette ... And of course, without the use of power tiller!
The use of hay, instead of other materials (straw, compost, bark, leaves ...), is the key to the device. It plays critical roles 4, allowing the gardener to laze.
First, like any opaque coverage (if the thickness is sufficient), it blocks the annual weeds that germinate more. No need to hoe or draw.
Then he has a high biological life in the soil, including earthworms (especially the group of "anecic worms" digging vertical galleries). They are numerous and very active as well fed. In reality, it is a whole armada of agencies who set to work to "work" and build the soil. This activity results in the secretion of glues. It initiates a process of "aggradation" the ground (this is the opposite of "degradation"). So naturally, without any work, this results in a few months, a soil "which looks like couscous." No need to dig or move the Grelinette. "And do not use tiller that killing worms by shredding! "
Furthermore, the cover protects the soil and its agencies against aggression: the "lumps" (aggregates) which form are not degraded by the impact of raindrops; even under severe thunderstorms, and despite the slope, he has no trace of erosion, no fine particles carried away; fertility remains. Protected from the wind and sun, the soil is kept moist which promotes the activity of organisms and plant growth. No need to weed to keep the soil loose and airy.
Finally, the decomposition of hay provides the ground, and thus the plants all the nutrients required for growth. Not just the few "major" elements (the famous NPK) that brings with fertilizers. These items were taken from the meadow at the grass growth, which absorbed everything a plant needs. Hay is also a "very complete organic fertilizer," slow release since it must first be broken down, which occurs naturally as the pace of plant growth (soil organisms undertaking it follow as the seasons). Needless to fertilize! Even the manure, "which is what remains of the hay when he passed through the digestive tract of animals, which have taken their nutrients are mixed with straw, even poorer," is meaningless!
That, in a very short, "natural spring" on which this approach rests ... And that is why the results are so spectacular.
It should be noted that the straw (except to use the "organic" straw) contains residues of various treatment suffered by the cereal, including fungicides often sputtered just weeks before harvest shorteners, herbicides, while the hay from natural meadows has generally not been processed. "All the more reason to focus hay instead of straw! "...
Last surprise: "It is also noteworthy that this way of doing much better and faster operation by installing a vegetable garden in a meadow or grass or even a wasteland." In a "classic" garden, the ground has been bludgeoned and partially poisoned, the population of anecic to be low or non-existent in the case of intensive use of the tiller, mineral fertilizers and certain pesticides even "organic" (copper , commonly used in "organic" is a poison for the soil, worms, fungi, mycorrhizae; he fixed it). In the case of such a soil, it will persevere sometimes half a dozen years before the natural mechanisms will take over again! In a meadow, simply 6 1 month or year so that everything is "top"!