Why choose Sheet-Mulch Style, No-Till Gardening?
When we observe nature and in particular, forest ecology, we see a habitat with immense fertility and an abundance of biomass. The biomass of even just one large Oak or Redwood tree is incredible, and yet, no one has been carting fertilizer to it or intervening in any way for it to reach its massive size. It seems that the more mature a forest becomes and the larger its fauna grows, the more fertility the land itself creates. There is a magic that happens when plants, animals, bacteria, fungi and microbes are all working in unison. This synergy of microbes, fungus (such as Mycorrhizal), and beneficial organisms, all which thrive in environments rich with decomposing biomass, is what we strive to emulate using Sheet-Mulch style gardening.
Although we may not be able to generate the abundant biomass of the forest, which it achieves through unique microbiomes established over hundreds or thousands of years, we can do our best to follow its principals in our own gardens. When we observe how the forest functions, we can strive to emulate it though following a few principals such as: top-down composting/mulching, keeping the soil covered as much as possible with mulch or plants, and disturbing the soil as little as possible. We can emulate the wisdom of the forest through observing the rich life lessons it provides to us. In time, we can indeed create an garden sanctuary of annual and perennial plants that will become more fertile and abundant as the years go by.