THE 5 BEST THINGS ABOUT NO-TILL GARDENING — SO WHY DON'T WE DO IT?!

No-till or Back to Eden style gardening has become increasingly popular in the last few years. There are many benefits to gardening this way. So why don’t we do it?
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50 Comments

  1. Adams Greenhouse on April 25, 2021 at 12:04 am

    We are in Ohio and we do garden beds and just till the beds. The beds are just about 8-10” high. We use minimum till as not to disturb the weed seed.

  2. therealz 360z on April 25, 2021 at 12:04 am

    They don’t taste anything special,I bought some at a farmer’s market once the half runners they start out green stay green but taste awesome.

  3. Phistlewig Farms on April 25, 2021 at 12:06 am

    Im in the high desert….no till is crazy difficult. I have several acres of garden and at one point did no till…after 3 years I gave up. My land backs up to 3000 acres of high desert grazing land. No trees, high winds insures a healthy amount of weed seed distribution over my gardens about every 3 days all summer long. Tumble weed, Cheat grass, Mallow and a million other desert weeds and grasses constantly assault our gardens. And no, we don’t have much if any top soil and organic matter is non-existent in this very dry climate. Put out straw or wood chips in your garden and 5 years later it will look unchanged. Cover crops, wheel hoes are my best friend for weeding…between rows, etc. I had to get rid of all the mulch because it was impossible to push the wheel hoe through it and no, it never breaks down here. Now my rows look good and my crops have been great. Drip tape, cover crops, wheel hoes are my gardens best friends…. and lots of composted manure from my chickens and cows…without them, I wouldn’t have much organic matter to work with. Keep up the good work guys, I miss the south and love your show…

  4. S B on April 25, 2021 at 12:07 am

    I was born & raised in central Florida and learned to garden there. I was in the service and along with my current employer I have moved around. Texas, South Dakota, Minnesota, Indiana, & Kentucky. I’m now in the Savannah, Ga area. I found that due to the richer soils, lower temps & humidity, fewer insects & diseases, that gardening up North is a piece of cake compared to the deep south.
    And they are usually the first to give "expert" advice about gardening because every year they have a killer garden. That is, till they move to the deep south. Seen it time time again while in Florida. They move to Florida & try their no till or back to Eden gardens, and either have to adapt or get out of the game.
    It always tickled me when living in SD & MN, how they would complain about the humidity & insects during the summer lol. Folks don’t know what humidity/insects is!

  5. brmabry58 on April 25, 2021 at 12:10 am

    So I’m up here in Northwest Arkansas. I till my garden, put drip tape down, then put ground cover (black plastic fabric) over that. I have holes spaced out in each section for my rows. I pulled it all up in February and put 7 tons of mushroom compost down tilled it in and put my fabric and drip tape back down. Has been a game changer for our weed suppression.

  6. Geoffrey Shubert on April 25, 2021 at 12:10 am

    beit alpha israeli cucumbers are a very good cucumber for those who tend to pick their cucumbers a bit later than they should, I use no till because I have barely any top soil. I am adding hay and woodchips and some sand brought in and I add the weeds I harvest up and also some bought cow manure and my chicken manure and leaves from around here and logs and branches from trees Ive cut down. Its hard work. I pull or cut the weeds with a pair of sissors and throw em down as part of the soil enrichment process. Sometimes throw hay on the top. It depends on what kind of weed as you say.

  7. Linda Martinez on April 25, 2021 at 12:11 am

    We have the same birthday! May 17 ! Happy Birthday!

  8. Fred C Godwin on April 25, 2021 at 12:11 am

    Best gardening channel on YouTube. Of course I’m partial to 8b which is my home too. Thank you both for what you do.

  9. Ronda Corkhill on April 25, 2021 at 12:12 am

    No till is what I’m doing this year in conjunction with mulch. There is still some need to weed. Even Charles Dowding admits that. The no till leaves worms and other beneficial insects in the soil alone.

  10. Naima Luxe on April 25, 2021 at 12:13 am

    No hate here! Y’all make me happy. I learn so much from y’all. Y’all doing the way my great grandparents did it. ❤️❤️

  11. CT Gardener on April 25, 2021 at 12:14 am

    I love you guys!

  12. Natural gardening Methods with Jesse Kime on April 25, 2021 at 12:16 am

    I do no till going on 3 years for the main parts of my garden and I still have weeds well one weed crab grass and so far it’s been impossible to get rid of I have it killed back really far but it’s always going to take me pulling it by hand to keep it at bay and it a lot of work.

  13. Alma Kelly on April 25, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Hello from central VA. STILL CHILLY HERE.

  14. Aaron Bruce on April 25, 2021 at 12:19 am

    Everyone is a critic…I would like to direct y’all to Genesis 3:23…
    God directed us to till the ground…and that is good enough for me.
    You two guys keep doing what ya do, you are polite kind and courteous….which is the biggest lesson to be taken away from your channel this day and age. God bless you boys!

  15. jistme 222 on April 25, 2021 at 12:23 am

    Do you guys plant according to "moon phase" as in Farmers Almanac" or do you think it is a "bunch of bull malarkey " ???

  16. Fraser’s Girl on April 25, 2021 at 12:25 am

    I just have a small garden and I live in the country and still don’t have enough pollinators., I live in a very small town and we aren’t allowed to have bees! (Or chickens!!). Last year I grew pumpkins for the first time and I went out and pollinated them myself! It was fun and worked great! But that’s in a little garden!!

  17. matthew sherman on April 25, 2021 at 12:26 am

    Hey guys just started watching last week and have learned a lot I do have a question last year when I planted corn I planted peaches and cream and it stalled out for a few weeks no matter how much fertilizer I added and side dressed with nitrate but at only 3ft tall it tosseled and started making ears but very very poor quality any ideas what I may have done wrong I am from south Arkansas and had lots of rain

  18. BigBrother420jb on April 25, 2021 at 12:27 am

    Purslane is actually edible…. It’s a excellent addition to a fresh salad…

  19. Steve Simpson on April 25, 2021 at 12:27 am

    I got plants in grow bags and then also planted the same in a no-till situation and boy, I sure do see the difference. The potted plants are huge and the ones in the ground struggle and are puny. But at least I don’t have to add water to the plants in the ground on a daily bases to beat this god awful non-stop daily heatwave.

  20. radiodread37 on April 25, 2021 at 12:27 am

    You don’t re mulch. Ever. Leave it. Only add more when needed

  21. Ander Ander on April 25, 2021 at 12:28 am

    The cities are becoming so toxic….time to get out.

  22. Boogaloo Shingeling on April 25, 2021 at 12:29 am

    HATERS ARE GONNA HATE IGNORE THEM AND KEEP DOIN WHAT YOU’RE DOIN ! IF THEY DON’T LIKE IT THEY DON’T HAVE TO WATCH YOUALL

  23. DR1CHECK on April 25, 2021 at 12:31 am

    I tried the no till gardening in my garden for two years and a web of small roots developed about an inch under the soil. I noticed my crop yield was suffering this past year. I ended up tilling the garden this year, removing all the roots, and we’ll see. My tomatoes are, as you say, hiney high already too. I won’t go back to the Eden style for food production gardening.

  24. Mike Hutchins on April 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    I have a garden few several reasons…one of which is to work and cultivate it. I enjoy that aspect of the garden. Thanks for presenting both sides of the scenario.

  25. Ken Robinson on April 25, 2021 at 12:32 am

    Watching in Michigan love how down to earth you two are. Yeah at first the eating on the show seemed weird, but it’s grown on me. I love your shows.

  26. caba32503 on April 25, 2021 at 12:33 am

    Eat the purslane!!

  27. Larry Thomas on April 25, 2021 at 12:37 am

    How much salt do you need for a bag?

  28. Sherry Lu on April 25, 2021 at 12:38 am

    I never get the chance harvest dill, those caterpillars 🐛 always eat it all 😂

  29. OwntheheavensHomestead on April 25, 2021 at 12:39 am

    People need to mind their own business !

  30. Joleena Hood on April 25, 2021 at 12:40 am

    Just got done trying Mrs. Hoss’s "quick pickles" recipe and MAN OH MAN is it a WINNER!!! I usually ferment mine, and still will but I wanted a fresh pickle like NOW, and that did the trick. I love ’em! Please tell Mrs. Hoss she has a winning quick pickle recipe right there. 🙂 Love the show and thanks for everything y’all do! 🙂

  31. Jeneca Laplant on April 25, 2021 at 12:40 am

    The dialect on these 2. Im so over the new gen lingo. I love me a ton of tit for tat southern slang/old-timer lingo.
    Im an old timer ⏲️

  32. Syntychia hint Sin-tee-Sha KS on April 25, 2021 at 12:41 am

    I’m so happy that I found another channel that reminds me of my southern roots! I love the father/son vibe on your videos and the gardening knowledge is priceless.

  33. Jamie Hinton on April 25, 2021 at 12:42 am

    I enjoy the banter and all. This is y’all’s style.

  34. sherry mull on April 25, 2021 at 12:43 am

    What kind of flowers have you got in your garden? do they last all summer?

  35. Rose Jafari on April 25, 2021 at 12:43 am

    I don’t use roundup in my gardens. I have several types, no till with cardboard covered with hay and goat manure (the worms are up to 6"), older decayed hay and soil that I hoed rows in, then wicking buckets outside and in a greenhouse. No cancer causing agents, there’s enough in the other foods and staples. Take care.
    The rattlesnake beans have germinated wonderfully.

  36. Madcow1224 a on April 25, 2021 at 12:45 am

    Purslane is an edible perrenial

  37. lanesteele240 on April 25, 2021 at 12:48 am

    Right now there is a blade of nutgrass growing through the gates of hell. You cant stop it. It is inevitable

  38. Sun Shine on April 25, 2021 at 12:49 am

    Your show’s great! Don’t change a thing! I love it! Thanks for sharing all your experience.

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  39. Kimmy Posey on April 25, 2021 at 12:50 am

    This was a great video! Your sure did eat that whole bowl! Them pickles musta been fittin’ to eat.

  40. eugenia poulos on April 25, 2021 at 12:50 am

    Purslane is a very nice plain
    Is very good in salads and helps the body clean itself
    Let’s not kill everything

  41. Denise Stalder on April 25, 2021 at 12:51 am

    This is the most intelligent and informative comparison of No-till and Till methods I’ve heard. Really enjoyed this!

  42. Clint Grantham on April 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Please ignore the haters ol son!

    Y’all are doing a great job and I’m learning a lot. I love the Row by Row show and I like it being long and full of discussion.

  43. CT Gardener on April 25, 2021 at 12:54 am

    Really?? Omg

  44. Rebecca Hatch on April 25, 2021 at 12:55 am

    I love your show because gardening in the Deep South is so very different than anywhere else and you guys know how to do it. And thank you so much for your experience and information.

  45. Melbourne Bound on April 25, 2021 at 12:57 am

    Danny is right it does expose the flowers and increase air circulation for fungas and disease

  46. Randall Dees on April 25, 2021 at 12:58 am

    I really enjoy both of your efforts to educate, lord knows I need it.

  47. Kelly Ewalt on April 25, 2021 at 1:02 am

    So happy I found u guys! I learn something new every video I’ve watched! Looking forward to planting my sweet corn 🌽🌽🌽🌽I ordered from ya👩‍🌾 Thank you for all the great information 🍅🌽🌻🥕🚜🐝🇺🇸GOD BLESS you both

  48. Heather Reis on April 25, 2021 at 1:02 am

    I seen a video the other day were a guy took soil from both a tilled garden and a no till garden to compare them. What got me was he held up the no till soil which did look real good and said along the lines of "this is what the soil looks like after 50 years" i was like "wait what?!?" 50 years! I woulda had to start my no till like 10 years ago and i deffintly dont wanna start it now to even wait 20 years for my soil to be at its "prime" i tried no till this past fall and sorry but just that short little season made me hate it and not worth it to have to wait years of fighting pests weeds and whatever just to have good soil.

  49. megathumos on April 25, 2021 at 1:02 am

    As far as I can tell, successful market gardeners using no-dig use compost as their mulch. They plant right into it. That won’t fly in the south. 1) as mentioned in video, our summers will fry the organic matter and rains will compact the soil, so no dog require mulching with something other than compost. 2) as mentioned in video, certain weeds in the south, like nut grass or Bermuda grass, are happy to grow in a compost mulch or a wood chip mulch.

    Does this sound right to others?

    Minimal cultivation seems reasonable in the south, but there isn’t any need to over do it either.

  50. Travis Evans on April 25, 2021 at 1:03 am

    never seen anyone eat pickles for 48 minutes straight good information and no hard feelings but that crunching is driving away viewers I guarantee I had to stop watching it was driving me nuts

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