In March we built a new market garden plot of permanent raised beds. We tarped the area for 2 months then tilled. In doing so we unearthed all kinds of trash that the careless generation before us left behind, and concluded that whatever biology was in the soil was probably glad to be put out of its misery. Here we are 2 months later and the biology is now abundant and thriving. In this case, tilling was a useful tool for the acute treatment of biologically lethargic soil.

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To encourage and nurture this new biology the steps following tillage included compost application, mulched pathways, mycorrhizal inoculation on transplants, application of LAB (Lactic Acid Bacteria) to soil and plants alongside consistent irrigation. These practices will continue as long as the soil indicates they are needed. LAB is one method of many in the Korean Natural Farming community that we are experimenting with this year. These mushrooms tell me we're heading in the right direction.

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