This lecture will introduce a novel way for caring for the soil that results in fewer weeds. The "weedless gardening" system is an integrated system that maintains soil integrity by nurturing the ground from the top down, avoiding soil compaction, maintaining a soil cover, and pinpointing watering. "Weedless gardening" takes care of the soil beneath trees and shrubs as well as in flower and vegetable gardens. Lee Reich will show how he applies it to new plantings as well as to maintain existing beds. By emulating rather than fighting Mother Nature, plants become healthier and weed problems are minimized. The principles and practices are rooted in the latest agricultural research and also could be applied to sustainable, small farm systems.
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