Last week I was introduced to a new YouTube channel and because of it, I’m trying to do a no dig garden bed. It can’t hurt to try these things.
The raised garden beds are fantastic, but also expensive. I love the idea, but I don’t know how serious I will be about this gardening thing. I am loving it right now, however, will I still love it in 12 months. Do I want to spend all that money and then discover I don’t want to do it anymore?
A no dig garden bed
While watching some YouTube videos I came across the channel of Charles Dowding from the UK. He has no raised garden beds. I was intrigued.
He puts cardboard down over grass and then covers it with compost. It is something I have seen before. Many years ago when I was gardening I tried a similar method to kill the grass. However, I never thought of putting soil on top so I can start planting straight away.
Charles puts compost onto the cardboard. I figured, how much could it cost to give it a go.
Starting the bed
I had a big box that my compost bin came in, so I pulled it out and put down on the weeds in my backyard. I purchased 4 bags of compost from Bulleen Art and Garden to use for this experiment. So far the cost has been $32.
I put down the cardboard and covered it. Tried to do all the things that were said in the video. I understand that what I plant in it will have to have shallow roots.
It is alongside the bed I’ve been digging for my dahlias. The first two images below are the new one and the third is the one I did dig.
The soil here is a bit questionable, so with the one I dug I also put three bags of garden soil on it and one bag of compost.
As you can see they are all covered in mulch. Very important here with summer coming. I have been using sugar cane mulch.
Will the experiment work? Who knows, but I figure if it doesn’t I won’t have lost much. I think I have couch grass growing everywhere, so it might be harder than I thought.
Maybe I can even grow some things in it. I might plant some radishes, cucumbers and some other shallow rooted plants.
Have you ever tried this method? Here is a video on how to do it.