Herbs, No-dig gardening, Vegetables

No dig gardening

An easy step-by-step to ensure you reach ‘No dig garden’ for the absolute best results!

From sandy soil to perfectly beneficial loam soil!

I had troubles with my soil, it is sandy soil as we live nearby the sea coast. As you’ll know is doesn’t hold much nutrients, water/moist capacity as the water leaches away on the surface when watered. Its acceptable to root fungi and disease as sandy soil remains warm in spring – summer. This soil is not nice to work with especially when digging a hole for a plant to be put into, the sand fills the hole half way before plant. However it is great for germination as the soil is soft feel, coarse particles and warm temperature making germination successful. I use wood ash to help boost up the sandy soil and correct it as well.

How my garden all started – Raised beds with a twist

The no dig garden system is the absolute best choice i ever made! WHY? Because there is no digging involved which saves me a back ache big time! This is great for all year around seasons – Spring, Summer, Autumn & Winter.

As following the context above, why no dig gardening is great in these seasons:

  • Spring – Provides excellent warmth for germination to take place, prevents soil from drying out, kept moist when mulched.High nutrition involved from beneficial organisms. Depresses weeds.
  • Summer – The greatest variety of vegetables & fruits are produced in this season, prevents soil from drying out, kept moist when mulched. High nutrition involved from beneficial organisms. Depresses weeds
  • Autumn – YES my favourite! This season does a huge favour, it naturally mulches the garden for you! Prevents soil from drying out, kept moist when mulched.High nutrition involved from beneficial organisms. Depresses weeds.
  • Winter – Keeps the plants warm from the freezing/snow temperatures. Helps plant retain its food storage. High nutrition involved from beneficial organisms. Depresses weeds

What is mulch made of?

  • leaf mould/mold & leaves
  • branches & twigs
  • shredded cardboard
  • straw
  • grass cuttings
  • manure

This is what mulch looks like up-close:

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This is what my garden journey:

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21st August 2017

 

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07 October 2017

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