Starting No Dig from Scratch
Hi Charles, I am starting to spread the word around in my workplace as a self employed gardener to clients who have no concept of the No Dig solution to growing plants ,especially the food variety. Any way one client I cut his hedge would like to start the No Dig to his small raised bed which he has kindly kept turning over for the last year but is surprised that the weeds still keep coming back!! I explained that to keep digging will keep bringing the weed seeds nearer the surface plus he is distanilising the structure of the soil by doing so. He then asked if putting Round Upon it would solve the problem, which I replied " It will solve the weed problem but maya also cause more problems with other living things which live in the soil " . .maybe a little strong but that's my feeling of chemicals .
So to convert my client I am proposing the following to try No Dig and utilise composting his garden waste in a recyclable manner.
His plot is 15 ft by 20 ft with approx 200mm of soil with weeds and I was going to dig out the perennial -groundsel, thistle,dock and try to pull some of the new shooted bindweed then place the newly trimmed hedge clippings which is Hazel,blackthorne,lime,dogwood,some ivy, blackberry and some type of vine onto the area and then put my rotary mower over the lot to shred down to a finer size. On top of this he has some leaf mulch and some grass clippings on this also- the covering will be approx 150 mm deep -and I now need your advice on wether to top off with some well rotted manure( or does it require this?) and leave until next february before planting anything.
Is this a reasonable stab at getting his allotment off to No Dig way of life ?