We dig over the soil to remove weeds, loosen and aerate the soil, and dig in compost and manure to feed our vegetables and other plants.
We also dig to break up the soil to be able to sow seeds and plant plants, but Is it necessary to dig our garden soil?
To dig or not to dig, that is the question.
Do we need to dig our
Gardens with thin sandy soil and sloping gardens where erosion is a problem are not improved with digging and can actually make the problem worse. Digging can damage soil structure, causing compaction, displace nutrients, shifting surface organic material to deep into the ground to decompose, also putting it out of reach of most plant roots. Sandy loose soil, unless retained, just slips and shifts further down the slope.
Clay soil is almost impossible to dig anyway, although clay soil can be improved by adding organic material and grit, there is another way, no dig gardens, yes no dig means just that, never digging the garden again.
When mixing plants always include companion plants to deter insect pests and attract beneficial insects, my companion planting page provides more information.
How long does it take to change to No Dig gardening?
This cheap easy to assemble raised bed made from plastic heat absorbing panels is the Ideal bed to try your no dig experiment.
Organic Gardening shows you how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to sow, plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases without the need to dig.