This method of vegetable gardening is what I prefer. As you might have guessed, it doesn’t involve digging. This method is particularly suited to older men and women or individuals with physical disabilities. But I just prefer it due to the fact I feel it’s far better to the soil.
When soil is turned above it destroys the soil structure. Whenever you create a no-dig plot you are not disturbing the topsoil at all, this means that the soil microbes, worms and creatures can continue doing what they do greatest inside your garden.
To the finest results within your backyard, you want to aim for no compaction in the soil. Water, air and nutrients travel via the soil by pathways made by worms and plant roots. When soil is compacted these pathways are destroyed.
By designing you plots to be no additional than say 1.25metres (4 feet) across (and on the other hand long you want) you possibly can avoid having to stand in it. Should you begin which includes a small bed, (1.25m x 2.5m / 4’ x 8’) you possibly can strategy it so that you can expand if you are ready.
No matter what your location, no dig vegetable gardens are a great alternative for you. It means that it doesn’t matter what sort of soil you’re starting out with as the layering of materials more than the surface will continue to feed and condition your soil. Eventually you may end up with dark, nutrient rich soil.
A No Dig yard bed is produced on top with the ground. It may be built above existing back garden beds, lawns and even tough or rocky ground even concrete. It should be situated in an area that receives at least six hours sun (preferably morning sun) a day and that has excellent drainage.
When preparing the plot it is not needed to pull up lawn or an current garden, you may be ‘smothering’ what’s already there.
Building your plot
I like to install irrigation prior to building my plot as I find it saves me so much time and trickle irrigation (on a timer) can be a far greater way to water than by hand or sprinkler.
One point to generally remember when handling manures, soil or any organic matter would be to constantly wear tough gloves to protect you from bacteria acquiring into any cuts. Then wash your hands thoroughly when you’re finished within the garden.
- Form the outside walls of your plot. You are able to use logs, old planks, pavers, bricks, stones, sleepers etc. If you’ve disabilities you could want to obtain assist with this.
- Lay down a thick layer of wet newspaper (I use an old baby bath filled with water to soak the newspaper), making sure it entirely covers the enclosed area. It needs to be no less than 6mm (quarter inch) thick and overlap by about 75mm (3inches). This will kill off any weeds and additional from growing. Only use newspaper and glossy, coloured paper has chemicals.
- Lay down pads (or biscuits) of lucerne hay or pea straw, producing certain there are no gaps between pads.
- Add a 20mm (¾inch) layer of very good organic fertilizer (chicken manure is fantastic).
- Cover with about 200mm (8inches) thick of loose straw.
- Add an additional 20mm (¾inch) layer of very good organic fertilizer (blood & bone etc).
- Finish off which has a top layer of compost, about 100mm (4inches) thick.
- Water well and allow to settle.
- Plant out seedlings after 2 or 3 weeks (not seeds).
Some of the benefits of creating a no-dig, raised plot include:
- can be built anywhere, any time to any design;
- keeping your lawn tidy, with easy access;
- stops birds from scratching your mulch everywhere;
- it mirrors nature by create a rich, organic environment for your plants;
- once set up, it’s virtually maintenance free;
- helps prevent destruction from snails, rabbits etc.
Inside your new back garden the best veggies are potatoes, lettuce, brassicas and cucurbits (cucumber family). Root crops are much better once your plot has matured.
It really is far better to have mixed plantings of vegetables and herbs, rather than long rows or a whole bed of one type of plant. Companion Planting benefits your yard in several ways, including pest and disease prevention and growing healthier, additional vigorous plants.
Keeping your beds topped up with compost and/or mulch helps prevent weeds, retain moisture and promotes steady healthy growth.