The First Plants in the Food Forest – American Chestnut Land Trust

We worked hard to add lots of organic matter to our Food Forest.  We added extra carbons, especially local fallen leaves, to increase the fungal life in the soil.  Our fruit trees will want a nice fungal soil.  Then we plowed and tilled the organic matter into the soil.  WHAT?  TILLED?  I was not crazy about the idea myself.  Tilling increases erosion, breaks up the life in the soil, brings up weed seeds, and leads to oxidation of valuable nutrients.  So why did we till?  The main reason was that we had a large area of grass that we wanted to get rid of.  Cardboard works best, but the area was too big for that.  Tilling allowed us to break up the gr…

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