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By: organicfarmingblog , 8:18 AM GMT on April 25, 2014
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No-dig gardening is another alternative where you can grow organic vegetables. The idea started in the seventies as a way of reducing effort and at the same time firing up a garden that is highly fertile and efficient.
Setting up this type of garden is quick and simple to make and can be done anywhere. In a limited space, you can have it in a box or concrete frame. For larger areas like your backyard, you can have it over a lawn. The nice thing about this type of gardening is that even if your soil is not ideal to grow your vegetables, you can create your own ideal soil mix. Normally, a no-dig garden is composed of different layers of organic matters stacked up to create a raised garden plot that is very fertile. As the organic matters de-compost, it becomes a nutritious black soil that will attract helpful micro-organisms, fungi and worms to muddle up the compost into the soil.
Since no digging is done, the soil remains compact and you can walk on the side path of the garden bed without stepping on the productive soil. In this way, you get better produce with less labor and in the shortest possible time.
Unlike the traditional gardening where digging takes much of your time and effort, No-dig gardening lets you work at a more relaxed pace. One of the reasons why you dig when starting your garden plot is to remove those annoying weeds. Do you know that by just restricting their growth, you can do it in half the time and without lifting a fork? Weeds depend much on sunlight and by denying them of light they die, it’s that simple. Covering the growing beds with thick layer organic materials will break down weeds underneath it. Try chicken manure, it is best when working on areas with weeds.
Here’s how to start a simple, no-dig vegetable garden. First step is to look for a suitable area for your garden, preferably matted with annual weeds or grass (they are easier to get rid of). Then cover the entire bed you plan to grow your veggies with organic materials like papers or hays about four inches deep and water the area well. Then you put whatever compost or organic fertilizer is available around. Make sure to cover your growing area with thick layers of organic matter to act as mulch and to prevent weeds from growing through. When everything is set, you may start laying your vegetable seeds by simply pulling aside portion of the mulch. Be sure to add some compost to each hole you made.
Do you like a “less work” garden? Then try no-dig gardening!
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