Monday, May 20, 2013

I Can Dig It!-NOT


 

 The folks over at Old World Gardens Farm have so many great ideas.
One of the reasons I follow their blog is 
the sheer amazement I feel 
in reading about all of their creative concepts.
Aside from the many spectacular projects they produce,
their garden is mighty impressive.
They promote a no-till method with raised rows.
Stop by there when you get a chance
and enjoy browsing the treasure trove of information.

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Here's more on the no-till or no-dig method:


Some of the most helpful materials include:
leaves
 grass clippings
cardboard
worms
 soil and compost mix
 used timber for building raised beds or cold frames
garden tools
 plants

Benefits of a No-Till Garden

*Easy to learn and do- you can set up a small garden 
in an afternoon yourself. 
*Low cost- most materials are free and readily available.
*Minimum of effort with no digging involved unless present soil is heavily compacted.
 *Doesn't disturb worms, micro- organisms or fungi 
in the underlying soil:
  *Doesn't bring up buried weed seeds to the surface 
where they can germinate
  *Remains low maintenance because it smothers most weeds 
  *Retains moisture and shades the soil therefore saving water 
  *Provides food and protection for worms and micro- organisms which help develop soil 



Another site that discusses the advantages of growing vegetables
without digging is here.
You'll find a great explanation with visuals on the lasagna method.
They also include information on pests, watering needs, mulching, fertilizing, weeding and crop rotation.

Hope you'll research and see if this method might work for you!
Happy gardening, y'all!