Dateline: 7 September 2016
My re-interest in cover cropping and soil health, along with a recent comment here about no-till farming (a subject I have been somewhat ignorant about), has led me to watch some YouTube videos on the subject of soil health.
It so happens that there are a LOT of videos on the subject. None struck me as particularly good and comprehensive introductions to the subject of soil health... until I came to the multi-part series (Part 1 above) showing a presentation given by Ray Archuleta last year.
I like this guy, Ray Archuleta. I like him a lot. What he says, where he's coming from, and what he wants to accomplish really resonates with me.
Although Ray is speaking primarily to farmers, his discussion about soil health is just about entirely applicable to gardeners looking to improve their garden soil.
Ray has completely convinced me that I'm on the right track with my renewed interest in cover crops as green manures. And, better yet, he has helped me to see that my intuitive thinking that green manure crops do NOT need to be tilled into the soil is accurate. Beyond that, I think he has given me reason to seriously consider a much-much-less-if-at-all approach to tilling or cultivating my garden soil (a direction I've been slowly moving towards).
So, needless to say, I heartily recommend this 4-part YouTube series to all of my gardening friends out there. Here are the other episodes...