Start Out No Dig, One Method With Cardboard And Compost

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Start Out No Dig, One Method With Cardboard And Compost
Start Out No Dig, One Method with Cardboard and Compost – Image: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LH6-w57Slw


Gardening is rewarding on nearly all fronts. Well, aside from the back-breaking digging part – although it’s good for fitness and overall strength. But did you know that you don’t necessarily have to get into the habit of tilling gardens every time you want to plant foodstuff or rip up weeds?

The whole point of tillage (digging and turning soil) is to loosen compacted soil. This promotes water and air penetration to the plant roots—leading to a healthier plant. According to Charles Dowding, the No-Dig method of gardening leverages this theory by minimizing the re-compaction of soil. It leaves the soil life (i.e., a diverse ecosystem of beneficial organisms) undisturbed while maintaining aeration and drainage by feeding it with organic matter — just as mother nature intended.

How Do You Start the No Dig Method?

Looking to get into the No Dig method of gardening? This is a great way to rid yourself of the hassle of pulling or clearing weeds all the time. And the best part is that the task is not as daunting as it may seem. As long as you’re well-versed in the basics of the No-Dig gardening method, you’re good to go. Our chosen video demonstrates no dig with cardboard and compost:

STEP 1 – Find a Suitable Location: A No Dig garden can be built over virtually any surface. If you are a beginner, it’s best to start with a small bed for easier maintenance until you’re equipped to take on a larger project. The bed should be set up on a level surface that receives a generous amount of sunlight every day.

STEP 2 – Prepare the Ground: Clear any visible weeds on the surface and place cardboards to snuff light from any weeds underneath—gradually killing them off. You can create temporary sides to keep the compost-filled beds in place for the first few months. Also, consider building weed-free paths by further laying cardboard. (Tip: Never use grass paths between your beds)


STEP 3 – Create Beds with Compost: Spread your layer of compost (decomposed organic matter) and mulch on the cardboard beds. Feel free to experiment with different mulch materials on top of the compost. You may have to conduct ongoing maintenance to completely exhaust the occasional weeds.

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Start Out No Dig, One Method With Cardboard And Compost
Start Out No Dig, One Method with Cardboard and Compost – Images: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0LH6-w57Slw

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