Iván Gyulai: I am a Gardener – Theoretical Basics

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Why do we turn over soil, for example with plowing? Is it truly necessary to grow plants? What kind of damages does this do to the soil? What kind of natural soil-moving, turnover processes do we know of which can be relied on instead of this?

In the first part of Iván Gyulai’s lecture he talks about the problems caused by traditional plough-land managing methods which results in the degradation of the quality of the soil and the food yielded. He outlines how it would be possible to continue agriculture without using artificial fertilisers and pesticides, which would be much more beneficial for nature and for us, consumers too.