Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Tilling Spring Vegetable Garden
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Planting a Vegetable Garden for Spring : Tilling Spring Vegetable Garden

August 14, 2019

Hello everybody I am David Rodriquez, horticulturist
with Texas Agri-life Extension service on behalf of Expert Village and we are going
to show you some gardening steps in preparing your vegetable garden for the spring planting.
For many years using a tiller was conventional for the home gardener. If you are very fortunate
like me to be having a master gardener helping you all the time you might be able to use
a tiller once in a while, but since we are bringing in good garden mix into our raised
beds a minimum amount of tillage is needed. Usually an old fashioned grubbing hoe is all
you need to get those, to chop those weeds, to get that soil in good shape and you can
even plant your little plants after you fertilize and get going to town there. So try not to
use a roto-tiller as much as we used to many years ago because it typically brings a lot
of seed weeds up and it takes a lot of the structure out and breaks it up so try to use
a grubbing hoe as much as possible.


  • Reply Kamoyaker April 23, 2009 at 5:33 am

    I'm with you on that one. I shovel til and hoe the weeds.

  • Reply palui July 31, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    plowing is supposed to loosen the soil and improve the penetration of air, but this in fact has the opposite effect of compacting the soil and decreasing air porosity. plowing *appears* to to create air spaces in the soil and soften the dirt. but the effect is the same as kneading bread: it breaks into smaller particles which take on a regular physical arrangement with smaller interstitial spaces. the result is harder, denser soil.

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