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  1. Hello Richard. Beautiful video. I have been a chef for over 20 years then sold my restaurant and started prepping for a farm this next season. I have 5 acres of prime river bottom soil which was damed over 60 years ago. Thank you for your inspiration in this venture. I'll visit your channel often.

  2. wow these yellow pear-cherries are just amazing. grew them couple years in our garden, but yours are just WOW, i was used to big stacks of flowers haha, it was about 1/4 the size of your plants. they are very sweet, great tasting

  3. Late reply to this video, but I noticed you asked why not more people do it; for me it would be hard to do. I'm from Belgium and we have very strict laws and limits to the amount of manure/compost/fertiliser we're allowed to put on our fields. So for my context, doing this no dig system, I would probably need a couple hectares that I don't put any nitrogen on what so ever, just to have a couple of beds no dig garden. I might still do it in the future anyways, but this makes it less interesting for me than it would be for someone in a country with less restrictions

  4. You totally caught my attention when you said horse tail. I have been doing the no dig method for three years now. I put down apx 2.4 ft of leaves down, a layer from my chickens, and 6 inches of woodchips. Most of the weeds we have "beat" but the horse tail come through everywhere! If I pull back a section of pathway, the one foot deep section is just teeming with shoots ready to burst through the surface. Can you give me any more detailed information? Just that one weed just about makes me want to throw in the towel.

  5. @Richard Perkins , do you let some beds go fallow (nothing growing) in winter? How do crops do in those come spring?

    My winter is 6 months and temps get to -40 Celsius so nothing but perennials and hardneck garlic (but that's a crop you leave in ground most of year, so the space is used) really overwinter (you COULD do winter rye, that is the only cover crop that will live tho not grow, but there is an issue of termination even then).

    I'm just wondering after 6 months of cold and nothing growing, how hard the soil underneath is, even if covered with a mulch like compost? Will roots do well in a soil that is fallow 6 months of the year, without tillage? That's the real question for those of us with longer and colder winters.

  6. I have several acres of market garden and I try to minimize tilling as much as possible. The VOLES are relentless. I trap them continuously but new ones come along and they use the old tunnels and create even more. Eventually , I have to, I am forced to till in order to grow root crops. A lot of plants can grow around a tunnel but a carrot for example will stump out when it hits that open air of the tunnel. And of course it just sits and waits for a vole to use the tunnel and find it. Do you have VOLES there? Seems you would have the same problem especially being so close to the wood line

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