i actually filmed this already and my
sweater wasn't straight.
So i got a comment from a friend
so i need to do it again.
Hey and what is going on everybody welcome to The Farm Dream.
My name is raymond and today,
we're talking about no dig gardening
[Music] Kid Arizona - Tigerblood Jewel
[Music] The Best Of Myself (Tigerblood Jewel Remix) - Daniel Gunnarsson
So today we're talking about no dig gardening.
I'm in the shade of my corn right now because it's way
too hot to be outside.
But i wanted to talk to you anyway because no dig
gardening to me at least is the only way forward.
Let's say you're starting out a new garden this year,
and you are looking into how to start it.
We could just start tilling the land like we've been doing for years,
and work in that compost into the soil by grabbing a shovel and just going at it.
But that's a lot of labor and it's also affecting your soil in the wrong way.
[Music] ES_I'm Indestructible (Tigerblood Jewel Remix) - OTE
So no dig what is it?
Basically the word says it we're no longer digging in our garden beds.
And the reason for that, is that you don't have to.
It's something that's been done for years
but if we look at nature they don't do it.
What i find most interesting is the principle behind it.
Because it's basically mimicking nature.
So in nature in a forest, leaves fall, trees fall, branches fall, dead animals fall to the ground.
Everything falls to the ground and starts decaying and that decaying.
And actually feeds the soil and gives all the nutrients to the
trees and the bushes and the shrubs and whatever's growing there.
So all we're doing with no dig is mimicking that by adding the compost on top and not digging it in.
So why would you want to start no dig gardening?
The main reason for us is less work.
it's just less work to do no day gardening, and that makes gardening to me more fun.
I'm more of a lazy gardener, I don't want to be in the garden all the time
picking weeds and working the land too much.
Most people watching for no dig gardening will definetely relate
to the fact that we just don't want to do all that work in the garden.
But we really want to get to that harvest.
We've been using no dig in the front yard in the backyard and also on the allotment.
Especially on the allotment we've been doing a lot of no dig work.
And i must say i'm really happy about it.
Now the main reason behind no dig was actually,
not disturbing the soil, no more weeds and having better water retention.
Not disturbing the soil is actually more important than people seem to think.
because disturbing the soul actually releases co2 and kills some microorganisms in there.
We don't have any more weeds especially in the front yard.
No more weeds whatsoever.
We just completely erased all the weeds and that piece of land was filled with it.
We used horse manure in the garden beds on the allotment.
That also meant that it was actually really good at holding moisture.
I've tested it out and I haven't watered for two months
two months i haven't watered any of my vegetables.
And they're still alive and they're actually doing really well.
Now the advantage to use no dig gardening is that we no longer have to till the land,
and that saves us a lot of labor.
Tilling the land, working in the compost is usually something we want a machine to do because it's just to heavy to do ourselves.
It's a traditional way of doing homestyle gardening.
But we no longer have to and actually, digging in compost is less effective than just putting it on top.
Plants take up nutrients with their roots.
And the way they do this is by drinking the water.
the water now i'm personally always watering from above,
So when water hits the soil it takes the nutrients from the compost that's on top,
and takes it down to the roots.
And that's why you don't need to dig in your compost.
[Music] My Last Song (Tigerblood Jewel Remix) - The Eastern Plain
Now to show you how to make a no dig garden bed we're going to start here on the allotment.
We start out with a cardboard layer at the bottom.
The layer of cardboard is there to make sure that everyting underneath dies.
Well.. not everything, perennial weeds they're gonna come through no matter what you try.
They will they will poke through.n
But the grass and the annual weeds they will stay underneath and die off.
And because they die they will actually feed your soil afterwards.
So that's actually a really great method.
Now the perennial weeds... well you have to go down and really dig thos up as much as you can
when they emerge again.
But if you just keep on pulling like we're doing on the allotment.
They will die over time.
We're using a cardboard roll here you really don't have to.
You can also just grab up some normal cardboard boxes.
Just make sure they're clean. No plastics and no print on there.
If you go to your local grocery store they will definitely have some.
We actually built a lot of the beds here on the allotment using just that.
They have plenty and they always give it away for free.
A few days ago nicole and I started cleaning out the shed.
And it's a shed that's actually built by Nicole's grandfather.
Sadly is no longer with us anymore but we pretty much owe this allotment to him.
But we found this knife i'm pretty sure it's his.
It's a kind of a butcher's knife so he probably did some butchering with this.
Not really my style but definitely gonna try and cut some cardboard with it today.
We'll clean this up and in a few videos definitely show you what we can make of this.
But let's see if it cuts.
there we go
[Music] In and out of Love (Tigerblood Jewel Remix) - The Eastern Plain
When the cardboard layer is on we can start adding our compost.
Now how much compost do you add?
For the first year we're gonna add about 15 centimeters of compost.
And I know it's a lot but this is really to build the bed.
Everything will sink down it will actually only leave about 10 centimeters.
So it's really good to start high and let it sink a little bit and get that 10 centimeters at the end of the year.
[Music] On the Trail - Tigerblood Jewel
At the end of the year like late november beginning december,
we're gonna add more compost.
After the first year you're gonna add five centimeters,
and after that every year you're justt gonna apply two and a half centimeters.
So your garden bed is done you've added the 15 centimeters, now what?
We'll you can transplant your plants in directly or plant seeds whatever you prefer.
We work with transplants here but if you work with seeds you can.
Just sprinkle them on top give them some water and let it sit.
So when you're done building your garden bed it's ready to use
So even though you work upon grass or upon so many weeds like we are.
You can just start planting.
It's actually good to plant because they're roots, they will grow and expand throughout the bed and then stop perennial weeds.
So it's a good thing to actually plant your beds immediately.
If you don't use it, it's good to tarp them off with some black tarp.
So how do you convert from a traditional style to a no dig garden bed?
It's actually really simple, all you have to do is stop digging and adding that two and a half centimeters at the end of the year.
And continue to do that every year and you're done.
It's that simple to start no dig
So that's all you need to know about no dig gardening to get started yourself.
If you have any more questions of course leave them down in the comments.
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