I have not uses fertilizer in many years. As a novice years ago, I jumped right in and ruined my soil with a 2-bottom plow and tiller. Traditional tillage introduces oxygen into the soil speeding the burning of organic matter (OM). It took me many years to restore my soil health by using no-till methods. Throw and Mow techniques work well for most of the seed we plant in the fall. Unlike farmers that extract nutrients from the soil and plant monocultures for efficient harvest, we can cycle nutrients. Since we don't harvest, we don't extract nutrients like farmers. The only nutrients removed are those eaten by deer, but they are then returned as deer defecate and urinate back into the field.Guys, this year fertilizer is gonna be higher than giraffe buttocks, so I’m planning to plant without fertilizer. This is my simple plan, any ideas or comments welcome. Keep in mind that I have only a disc and a drag as far as implements go, and I can only plant the openings that I have now.
I plan to mow my plots if necessary and disc one time with the blades almost straight. This gives me shallow grooves for the seed to fall in when I drag the plot and the result is almost like drilling the seed in. I’m planting buckwheat in all plots for the spring/summer plots and wheat next fall, all with the same procedure. The plots have wheat, or what’s left of it, now.
Okay, tell me what you think.
It took me quite a few years to restore my soil health. One more thing to consider is that for a farmer, anything growing in his field that he didn't plant is a weed. Many plants that are weeds for farmers are as, or more, beneficial to deer than the crops we plant.
Google "Ray the soil guy" for more on the impacts of traditional tillage. His infiltration and stability videos are short and very revealing.