No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture

Pesticide-Free Methods for Restoring Soil and Growing Nutrient-Rich, High-Yielding Crops

By Bryan O’Hara

£25.00

A unique system for growing that vegetables delivers higher yields, higher quality, and higher profitability – completely free of herbicides or pesticides

Whether you’re a high-yield producer, market gardener, No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture is the go-to vegetable grower’s manual for the twenty-first century. In recent years, ‘no-till farming’ has grown in popularity due to its high-quality, high-yield, high-profit results. Over many years, renowned organic grower Bryan O’Hara has perfected a special no-till technique that delivers vibrant, healthy, resilient plants which benefit from the inherent biological functions in the soil.

In No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture, O’Hara describes the methods he has developed, which are completely free of herbicides or other pesticides. He asserts that a flexible, ecological methodology is as important for soil fertility as it is for his economic success. This comprehensive manual delves into all facets of a dynamic growing system, including:

  • No-till bed preparation techniques
  • Seeding and transplanting methods
  • Irrigation
  • Use of fertilisers (including foliar feeds)
  • Composting (preparation and application)
  • Culture of indigenous microorganisms to support soil biology
  • Pest and disease management
  • Year-round growing
  • Harvest and storage techniques

Reviews and Praise

“Bryan O’Hara has huge experience: His book has grown out of healthy soil and reveals an impressive amount about how to grow great food, practically and economically.”—Charles Dowding, no dig gardening expert; creator of the Charles Dowding No Dig website

No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture is the best practical manual for vegetable growers that I am aware of. From his deep wisdom and experience, Bryan O’Hara covers tillage alternatives, planting, seed saving, mineral balancing, mulching, composting, marketing, and all the other dynamics of running a successful vegetable farm. Far beyond numbers, techniques, and prescriptions, Bryan describes the expressions of principles and forces that govern growth, capturing and explaining subtleties and nuances that are foundational to vitality and providing readers with a deeper understanding that allows for better decision making.”—Dan Kittredge, founder and executive director, Bionutrient Food Association

“Perhaps no calling demands so many disparate skills as that of the cultivation of vegetables to provide for others in harmony with nature. The compleat farmer is a master of all trades: observer, synthesizer, balancer of polarities, soil chemist, labor efficiency expert, coach, decision maker, harvester, marketer, and deep thinker. Using detailed examples and sharp tools, master farmer Bryan O’Hara has built an integrated philosophical framework and operations manual for this blessed work that has so much to offer both farmer and eater.”—CR Lawn, founder, Fedco Seeds

“Bryan O’Hara takes us on a journey to create a healthy, vibrant ecosystem that generates health through the production of nutrient-dense food while also helping to build community. I highly recommend this book to all those who seek a better future for humanity.”—Gabe Brown, rancher; author of Dirt to Soil

“Bryan O’Hara is one of the most brilliant vegetable farmers in North America. Few have mastered the ability to grow vegetables without diminishing the soil with destructive tillage. This humble soil genius understands the true art and science of vegetable farming. I highly recommend this book to all those who want to farm well and restore soil.”—Ray Archuleta, farmer; founder, Soil Health Academy; partner, Understanding Ag LLC

“A must-read for anyone looking to take regenerative farming to the next level. When I visited Tobacco Road Farm, I realized that in a single day, I could only scratch the surface of all that Bryan O’Hara has to teach us. Whether it be Bryan’s approach to no-till soil management, Korean Natural Farming and indigenous microorganism cultures, high-carbon composting, innovative mulching techniques, or year-round growing methods, every grower will find valuable ideas and instruction in this book. Bryan offers a whole-farm plan to grow productively while contributing to the healing of Mother Earth. Whether you follow Bryan’s method in whole or in part, his ideas will go a long way towards helping you ‘close the circle’ and farm more ecologically, efficiently, enjoyably, and profitably while reducing outside inputs.”—Andrew Mefferd, editor, Growing for Market magazine; author of The Organic No-Till Farming Revolution

No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture is one of the most helpful guides for managing a vegetable production system I’ve encountered in over three decades of teaching in this area. Bryan O’Hara is a leading authority on building a farming operation that relies on knowledge rather than chemicals, and his concepts of balanced growth and crop plant polarities are innovative and insightful ways of looking at horticultural husbandry. Readers will gain intimate knowledge about working in an integrated manner with all components of a no-till production system. I take my students to Bryan’s farm to experience his wellspring of innovative organic practices firsthand, and I plan on using this book as a text for my courses.”—Dr. Gerald Berkowitz, professor of plant science, University of Connecticut

“This book is a grower’s dream, filled with crisp and invaluable details and clear-eyed explanations and guidance that connect ‘how-to’ with ‘why.’ O’Hara’s innovative and pioneering methods amply demonstrate the power—and profitability—of prioritizing soil health and thriftiness alongside keen and insightful observations of field conditions. Simply put, you need this book at your fingertips if you want to successfully grow no-till vegetables.”—Anne Biklé, coauthor of The Hidden Half of Nature

“An inspiring guide to merging traditional and modern practices for successful small-scale vegetable farming based on rebuilding soil life. Having seen the incredible soil at Bryan O’Hara’s farm, I can attest that it speaks for itself!”—David R. Montgomery, author of Growing a Revolution

“Although I am not a no-till grower, I respect growers like Bryan O’Hara who are achieving great things using this method. No-Till Intensive Vegetable Culture is rich with intuitive detail; the text overflows with great understanding of soil and plants and how to cultivate them in a thoughtful, sympathetic, and beautiful way. To grow well, one must give of oneself, and Bryan O’Hara of Tobacco Road Farm has certainly done that. He is a true biodynamic grower, whose approach to the soil and its cultivation is assiduous. I have been a biodynamic grower for over twenty years, there is much for me to learn from O’Hara’s book.”—Jane Scotter, Fern Verrow Farm, Herefordshire; coauthor of Fern Verrow