3 Part Making-Of Video Series below
Vol. 1 Ground Preparation
There are a lot of considerations when starting a garden, in particular a productive vegetable garden. Why no dig? Many reasons such as keeping the original soil structure for better drainage, temperature and UV protection by mulching either with compost or woodchips. And of course lets not forget about the soil life which turns nutrients into a plant available form and aids long term fertility.
You can use cardboard or black plastic to cover the grasses and weeds to smother them. Chickens also do a great job at reducing them in a short period of time. We are using a combination of all 3. This is the first of 3 videos and many updates and hopefully harvests to follow. Enjoy and thanks for watching!
Vol. 2 Cardboard and Compost
We’re really getting started on our new No Dig garden now! In this video we are going to talk about cardboard and showing you how we lay it down. It makes all the difference when it comes to smothering vigorous grasses and weeds, giving your future self more time for planting, harvesting and enjoying your garden. Next we are putting down the initial application of 8inches or 20cm of compost, which may seem excessive to some, but this is a once off investment and can be mulched with just 2cm per year thereafter as you are removing fertility by harvesting produce.
We use mushroom compost because it’s sterile with no weed seeds and it’s great value as well. We’ve been using it for over 20 years and our super diverse soil life loves it which is testimony to it’s quality. Join us for our next and final video in this series, we’ll be making paths using woodchips and planting a wide variety of vegetables and tubers in this very garden. We are going to call it the Pizza garden, because the design and layout of the paths will be in the shape of a 90sqm Pizza. 😀 Enjoy!
Vol. 3 Woodchip Paths and Planting
We’ve finished our newest no dig garden and planted it up with about 30 different vegetables and herbs. We went with a pizza layout for the paths and beds. It may not the most efficient but we like it because it’s both practical and aesthetically pleasing. In this final video in the 3 part series we’re going to show you how we made the paths with wood chips and what we have planted.
Lots of good old reliable and well known favorites, as well as some exciting rare yet tasty root vegetables for the winter. We will be hosting a live questions & answers video session to give you all a chance to ask any questions you have about this little project. Please feel free to watch the previous videos in this 3 part series if you haven’t seen them.