How do I turn my garden into a "no-till" garden?

Will this work, or is there something more I need to know… I have an empty garden (but a bit of last year’s debris is still in it) and it hasn’t been tilled. I want to put newspaper down, wet it, and put straw on top. Then dig holes to plant transplants.

Also, what if I want to be direct sowing early growers like peas, onion, lettuce, etc… do I do that before I put the newspaper / straw down – and wait for them to emerge or just dig a bunch of little holes for them to grow through?

Thanks in advance for your help.

Your method will work well for transplanting. For the peas, etc., plant them first, and mulch when they’re a couple of inches tall. It’s asking too much of newly emerged plants to grow through holes in the mulch, and some of them won’t germinate, anyway.

2 thoughts on “How do I turn my garden into a "no-till" garden?”

  1. Your method will work well for transplanting. For the peas, etc., plant them first, and mulch when they’re a couple of inches tall. It’s asking too much of newly emerged plants to grow through holes in the mulch, and some of them won’t germinate, anyway.
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  2. Mulching the soil with newspaper and straw will deter weeds. It will also reduce soil temperature. Peas, lettuce, and onions will benefit from lower soil temperature. However, seeds may not germinate and grow if the soil temperature is not above 50 degrees. Other vegetables (beans, tomatoes, corn, potatoes) thrive with warmer soil temperature (above 70 degrees). You can use darker mulch (black plastic) to provide higher soil temperature. Clear plastic holds heat but allows weed growth, too.
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