Hello! And we’re back with another video on another tip, we’re gonna talk today about what can help in your project to be weeds gone in this natural growing cycle of vegetable gardening. You know, we we’ve talked, we’ve covered a lot of ground up to this point. You know, we talked about no Meddling in the soil and, and how important it is that we keep the growing cycle intact and just a lot of reasons why.
So. You know, to, to have weeds gone. It’s really a simple process. Very simple. We talked about, you know, by meddling in the soil, it helps to bring those weed seeds to the top. And by eliminating that tillage process of any sort we should be eliminating that, but there’s one step we have to go. We have to go a little bit further on, and that’s what we call an armor layer and it’s cover.
We never leave the soil exposed, and there’s a variety of reasons we want to do that, that we won’t talk about today, but that whole thing is key to building the system. So that, well, the most important thing here that you wanna know about is that it eliminates the weed pressure. The weeds are gone, is a project that we started, you know, we, we started doing this three years ago and then it’s, it’s funny how fast the armor, it just disappears.
We put cover on this. and it’s gone and you know, this we’re, we’re just building soil here. We’re seeing how fast we can do it. Cuz the first year, you know, we, we basically could not grow anything in this river sand. It just, it was a complete failure. So you know where this is grass underneath. You can see some of it around these plants here where these guys have taken over with runners.
And there’s, there’s a lot of grass that wants to grow. There’s there’s weeds in here. There are all kinds of stuff. And there’s actually some that are poking through right now that we’ll go in and do some touch up, work on, but you know, after a while they give up, the neat part is letting it grow up. We get that rich structure into the soil.
We let those plants feed that soil, and now we’re gonna smother ’em out. And so it’ll break down in the soil and then that soil store food for the life beneath the surface and feed the next growing crop. The plants we want to plant in there. And then in turn, they’ll start feeding the soil again. So it’s that complete cycle, but it all started with the cover, the cover we put on it and, you know, we could, we could go in and, and put a biodegradable mat on.
I’ve done some of that, but, um, The whole thing is, is that Matt doesn’t feed the soil. I’ve used cardboard. I’ve done a lot of things as far as, as armor layer, but I like using carbon that’s from plants because that’s, what is food for our life beneath the surface of the soil. So, you know, in the last video I talked about, I was gonna share the rest of the grandpa story.
Kind of the rest of the story, another story behind grandpa’s. And this is about a friend of mine. It’s about his grandpa and he had it wrote in a journal and he had the same thing. He got his 160 acres of, of ground, and he went and he tilled 80 acres of it. He broke that cycle and he seeded it to oats. And Darrell’s reading this at a conference out of this journal that his grandfather wrote.
And that summer he built his grandpa built a 10,000 bushel grainery to. Not only to hold that crop, but he figured when he broke the entire 160 acres you’d have enough room. Well, lo and behold, that fall, he filled that 10,000 bushel grainery with oats to the brim. And so it’s like, wow, what a crop? The rest of the story that’s wrote after that, that years that followed that he was never able to fill that grain rig again, off that same 80 acres.
And why? Because he broke that natural growing cycle. It all got used up in the, in the one year and then it was gone and the only way to get it. It takes years and years to build it on the production side, I was talking about with the native Prairie about how important or what we can learn from it. So it’s, uh, it’s a story that I think about quite often. Be on the lookout, cuz in a couple days I got something that I’m gonna share with you that I think you’re really, really gonna enjoy.
It’s it’s a, is a pretty exciting place that we’re gonna be traveling to. I don’t wanna reveal too much on it, but I want you to be on the lookout for it because I’m really, really excited to be able to share it with you. So with. We’ll talk to you again in a couple days.