Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way by Charles DowdingThere is a whole lot of information in this book and the layout isnt necessarily the easiest to navigate.
However, Dowdings no-dig method seems simple and logical.
I feel I must defend him against the aspersions of astrology and superstition levied against him in a few other reviews.
There is brief reference to biodynamic methods of farming which include, most well-known, planting according to the phases of the moon. Given the light difference between a moonlit night and one with no moon, and the importance of light to plant growth, this doesnt seem to be a hugely difficult concept to wrap ones head around. At any rate there is nothing about the zodiac/horoscopes or astrology involved.
No dig with Charles Dowding, showing his fourth summer at Homeacres
The Basics of No-Dig Gardening
No-dig gardening is a non-cultivation method used by some organic gardeners. The origins of no-dig gardening are unclear, and may be based on pre-industrial or nineteenth-century farming techniques. Guest, who in published the book "Gardening Without Digging". This technique recognizes that micro- and macro-biotic organisms constitute a " food web " community in the soil, necessary for the healthy cycling of nutrients and prevention of problematic organisms and diseases. Historically the reasons for tilling the soil are to remove weeds , loosen and aerate the soil, and incorporate organic matter such as compost or manure into lower soil layers. In areas with thin soil and high erosion there is a strong case against digging, which argues that in the long term it can be detrimental to the food web in the fragile topsoil. While digging is an effective way of removing perennial weed roots, it also often causes seeds that can remain dormant for many decades to come to the surface and germinate.
Please enter a valid email address. Description Instructions Technical Reviews In Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way , the author Charles Dowding shares his techniques that ensure you will never have to till soil again, yet enjoy a delicious variety of fruits and vegetables organically grown in your own garden. The no-till method was first envisioned by Fukuoka in Japan. He refined it as he grew two rotated crops on his farm after World War II. Now Charles Dowding has made this method practical for the home gardener.
Written by Charles Dowding. The answer is absolutely not! This will feed soil organisms, whose activity creates a healthy structure for growth, even in clay - as I know from extensive experience. Just look at the wonders of growth in nature and copy what happens there: leave soil undisturbed and encourage soil inhabitants to feed at the surface. The first step in no-dig is to mulch with as high-quality food as you can: compost comes top, including old animal manure, leaf mould and composts that you can buy. Undecomposed mulches, like hay, will work too but encourage slugs in damp climates. In such cases, I recommend using a sharp spade to slice off the peaks and place that soil in the hollows until you have a level surface.
No-Dig, Starting Out
Each of us has been there and done that! After all, that ritual is what conventional gardeners have taught and passed down from generation to generation. In the search for a better way to garden, one will eventually stumble upon Masanobu Fukuoka and his trials with no-plow farming.
Charles Dowding has explored and shared new ways to garden since , most notably no dig organic gardening, and since has developed ways to continuous-crop salad leaves. Discover his weed free no dig methods to achieve superb and time-saving results in both small and large garden areas. He sells produce from Homeacres bio-intensive and no dig garden, has written nine books on no dig and organic gardening, writes for national and international magazines, runs a YouTube channel, appears on TV and radio including BBC Gardeners World, and teaches extensively at home and abroad. For answers to your questions about no dig, see the FAQs. I started this method four years ago and I wish Id known about it decades earlier.