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No Dig

Discussion in 'Edible Gardening' started by Steve R, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Steve R

    Steve R Soil Furtler

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    In early 2016 whilst watching Beechgrove garden, they started a "no Dig" bed, after the show I investigated a little online then started a very small trial of my own 4ft x 18in roughly. I did not do it scientifically or have a control to compare against but I sowed some radish and beetroot and they grew very well. This year I tried a 5ft square planted with annuals, whilst not scientific again, the flowers grew better here so I am rolling out onto a larger scale at my allotment for 2019.

    Part of the reason for the small trials is because you do need a lot of compost to start off, with that in mind back in Spring this year I received a large delivery of cow manure that has been aging since then.

    In the first photo is one of my large beds, normally I would rotovate this. The top half (closest to camera) will become No Dig, at the end of the bottom half behind the pallets is the aged manure.

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    The second photo shows that the manure bed is now gone for good and it's contents have been spread onto the no dig area, as a mulch 4 inches or so thick. With the manure area no gone I am in the coming weeks going to convert the fence beyond it into two large gates, so that future manure deliveries can be placed straight onto the plot...the bottom half of the no dig bed.:) Pallet compost bays will be built all the way up the left hand side. The aim to to have as many loads delivered as I can store in this bottom area.

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    This last photo is my compost heaps turned and mixed together, this 5ft x 4ft heap should be enough to give me another 2 inch layer on the No Dig bed, into which I will be planting.

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    Charles Dowding is the name most often associated with no dig he has a website here No Dig Organic Gardening - Charles Dowding | No Dig

    But it is probably best to visit his you tube channel where the whole method and results are very clearly seen. Charles Dowding

    If I could recommend one vidro to watch it would be this one

    Many people out there now using this method, I think a few here on GC do too, would be nice if they shared their expeiences here.

    Steve...:)
     
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    • Verdun

      Verdun Passionate gardener

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      Yes, a no dig gardener here too Steve :)
      It suits me well on my deep sandy loam in veg patch. A no dig system is esp good for veg growing I think.
      Apart from any soil benefits the ground looks good with a mulch :)
       
    • Carllennon

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      Ive been following his channel for a while. I am very interested to give this a go on my plot this year. I have had it covered since autumn to try kill anything off under it and keep the soil a bit warmer. I do plan to have raised beds though, but once the beds are made, I only plan to add compost to them and not give them a dig over. Maybe I will do half raised bed and half full no-dig on the ground.
       
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      Sounds good Carliennon :)
       

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