No-Dig Gardening?

I first got into gardening in my mid-twenties when I shared a small plot in a community garden in Washington, DC with a friend. I’ve learned a lot over the years and I usually have a decent garden. But I hate, hate, hate prepping the soil. Tilling, digging, ugh. Especially in NH where there are tons of rocks. This onerous task has always curtailed my grand visions to turn my entire yard into one big luscious garden.

IMG_0039A few months ago a friend posted this You Tube video by Charles Dowding on Facebook. I was amazed. No one had ever told me about no-dig gardening. I grew up watching my grandparents and parents wrestle with the rototiller every spring. I refused to buy one so I’ve always done the tilling and prep by hand. Not this year! I’ve been creating new beds with relative ease all over the place. There is no stopping me now!

All you have to do is put down a layer of cardboard or thick layer of newspapers as big as you want your planting bed to be, then dump garden soil or compost on top of it a few inches thick. Let it sit like that for two weeks to a month before planting. Done. According to one of my gardening books and this Charles Dowding guy in the You Tube, I will have a garden just as beautiful as if I’d toiled away for weeks. I remain slightly skeptical, but I’m willing to take the chance. It’s too easy not to try it. I will let you all know how it turns out!

2 Responses to “No-Dig Gardening?”

  1. MikeNovember 11, 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    This is a great idea. I don’t like working the dirt so much so I grow many of my gardens using hydroponics.

  2. HydroponicsJanuary 26, 2018 at 10:25 am #

    Innovative approach. You can also opt for Hydroponics as Mike said.
    Hydroponics is a technique of growing plants without soil by using mineral nutrients dissolved in water to feed the plants. Hydroponics growing saves a lot of water and is ideal for desert-like places where water is very scarce.

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