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.
What is no-dig gardening?
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. Dowding has used an ingenious system of slightly raised beds with walkways between. He explains just about every possible way you could grow vegetables and fruit, including using polytunnels, greenhouses, and regular outdoor beds.
The no-dig method of gardening, dishes out big promises. Less digging, less weeding, higher yields and healthier vegetables. The success lies in maintaining the quality and structure of the soil, by regularly mulching the top layer to leave lower layers undisturbed, which allows beneficial organisms and fungi to flourish. The king of no-dig is Charles Dowding. He has been trailing the method at his organic garden in Somerset for decades and has seen it work miracles on his crops. Here Charles explains the principals and benefits of no-dig gardening in more detail.
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.
Each of us has been there and done that!
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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.