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Q and A Sessions – Vol.1 – No Dig Mulch Gardening – Almost zero maintenance yet highly productive

This is the first of our questions and answers sessions. We have received nearly 30 questions on the topic of No Dig Mulch Gardening – Almost zero maintenance yet highly productive. We answer questions using our very own and unusual gardening experience we’ve gathered over the years. Hopefully the information will help some of you either start your own garden or improve the productivity of your existing garden space while lowering maintenance by working with nature.

We are taking questions for the next topic already! Please either reply to our email or simply comment below if you’re on youtube or facebook. Next topic is: Growing Food – Fruits, berries, vegetables and herbs in a no dig mulched garden. These Q and A sessions are just a warm up for our video course we are working on including detailed info on no dig mulch gardening. Don’t forget you can subscribe for free to get access to the free No Dig Mulch Q&A eBook on our subscriber area. List of questions below video.

Questions for No dig mulch gardening:

  • Please explain no dig mulch gardening and what can you grow?
  • Any ideas on where to find a very large amount of wood chip? What do you think is a fair prices for a lorry load?
  • Could you please also talk about the different types of wood chip and their characteristics?
  • What is the best mulch to use. Wood or bark or maybe straw or hay. How deep?
  • With the chips are slugs a problem it seems to be a good hiding place for them.
  • How to manage slugs( soil dwelling species) from eating tubers in a no- dig area?
  • What is the best way to deal with compacted soil in a no-dig garden?
  • What is your procedure for preparing a seed bed?
  • How do you prevent tubers such as potatoes and Jerusalem artichokes from taking over without digging them all out?
  • Have you tried growing mushrooms in your mulch?
  • If so, have you been successful and do you have any tips?
  • My garden is uneven and some areas get waterlogged in the the lowest part, what would be the best way to deal with it in a no dig way?
  • Is it necessary to have some borders and raised beds around the no dig areas?
  • Did you til the soil in preparation for no dig? I have a plot that is filled with stones and debris.
  • Do you have any water logging issues around the edges of your polytunnel?
  • Where did you source the lorry load of compost?
  • My experience with no digging is to first lay down a good layer of newspaper or cardboard in order to smother grass and existing weeds. Is this always a necessary step?
  • What is the better mulch layer to use? I feel Wood chips put too much nitrogen into the soil
  • What varieties of corn did you grow?
  • What are the advantages of no dig mulch gardening vs a regular raised bed system and are there any limitations of the no dig system?
  • I have beech trees near where I will be growing veg – when the leaves fall it will likely cover a lot of the bark mulsh – can I just leave them?
  • Is there any need to add a fertiliser to the compost prior to planting?
  • Is it too late to get started now with no dig raised beds for veg and flower border for this incoming season?

Upcoming topics will include:

  • Growing Food – Fruits, berries, vegetables and herbs in a no dig mulched garden.
  • The Plant Nursery – Starting plants – plant propagation, repotting and planting out.
  • Medicinal Plants – Traditional household medicines, uses, fresh and dried herbs and flowers, medicinal leaves and berries.
  • Homesteading – Cooking, preserving and storing food and medicinal herbs, brewing country wines etc.
  • Plants – Perennial plants often with multiple uses – Food, medicinal, handcraft and building materials, firewood, insecteries, wildlife plants, nitrogen fixing plants etc.