Gardener’s genius method for protecting plants from weeds

A gardener has gone viral on the internet for detailing the “most effective” method that will get rid of weeds and make your garden soil much healthier.

Brian Brigantti was once a ‘city slicker’ from New York City but has now moved to Tennessee where he has founded the Red Leaf Ranch.

In a TikTok video, He has explained that before you begin planting, he has a guaranteed method that will help your plants grow stronger by helping to feed the soil, called the no-till method

No-till gardening, also known as no-dig gardening; is the method of not disrupting the soil, as it helps increase the fertility and crop yield of the soil.

Brain explained: “Most importantly, no-tilt gardening actually protects the composition and the ecology of the soil, which is what we want. The health of your soil is the most important thing when it comes to gardening. Now let me show you how I do it.”

Brian has posted a video tutorial in which he explains the step-by-step process of no-tilt gardening, and how it can be achieved in just three simple steps.

He said: “The first step in no-till gardening is that we’re actually going to open up and aerate the soil in the area we are going to garden. To do this, we are just going to poke some holes in the ground.”

Brian began using a pitchfork, and placed it “deep in the ground” in order to open up the soil, and said: “We’re going to lift just a little bit to open up the soil.”

Brian then gently tilted the pitchfork in order to crack the soil, but did not move the pitchfork open.

He said: “We don’t want to completely turn it over, just open it up and get some oxygen into the ground.”

Brian said this step had to be done “everywhere” you wished for plants to grow, and showed himself taking the time to do it on a big patch of land.

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For the next step, Brian showed a pile of cardboard, which he said will prevent weeds from getting to the plants.

Brian said: “We’re actually going to cover the area that we have aerated with some bio-degradable weed barrier. Today, I’m going to be using cardboard.”

He began laying down the cardboard onto the soil and explained how this method was a natural way of killing weeds and making the soil healthier.

Brian said: “This is going to do a few things. One, it is going to block sunlight from the weeds, which will essentially kill them off.

“Two, and this is fascinating because the weeds are going to die off, they’re going to break down and essentially become goodness and nutrients for the soil again. You’re essentially feeding life back into the soil by doing this.”

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For the final step, Brian said it was time to soak the soil and cardboard with a hose, and then apply two layers of fertilizer.

He said: “We are going to get it really damp and really wet. When we apply a layer of compost and worm castings over the cardboard, the fact that it’s wet is going to help it break down much easier and a lot more quickly.”

Brian showed himself watering down the cardboard, and once it was “nice and damp” he began to apply compost to the soil and then a second layer of worm castings, and added that “three to five inches” of this fertilised soil was ideal.

After that, Brian was done and said he was excited to begin planting now that he had treated the soil.

He said: “What’s really fascinating about using the cardboard is that you can use a spade and actually carve out a hole in the cardboard where you are going to be planting things so the roots can reach that deeper earth and still get all that sustenance from the medium we added on top.”

Brian finished his tutorial by saying: “I really cannot stress enough how important it is that we protect the health of our soil, and that’s why I’m obsessed with the no-till gardening method.”

In the video comment section, people praised Brain for his easy-to-follow tutorial, and one fellow gardener pointed out that the no-till method is actually more environmentally friendly than regular gardening.

The popular comment explained: “No-till methods are also the best for the environment! tilling releases lots of the c02 that’s stored in root systems. no-till keeps it trapped.”

Brian agreed with the comment, and added that his tutorial was perfect for people about to begin planting in their garden, and urged people to save his tutorial so they will “know exactly what to do.”

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