Loading Events

« All Events

Talk on no dig gardening, Llandeilo 24th November 2pm

November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

£8 – £10
Charles Dowding no dig talk

My illustrated talk explains why no dig works so well, and how it saves you so much time, for results at least as good as from the work of digging.

Eventbrite link to buy tickets.

Most soil already has a good structure for plant roots to grow, and is full of growth-enabling organisms. Millions of fungal threads, nematodes and earthworms, to name a few, are being helpful right under our feet, mostly out of sight. We need to help them to help us.

I show ways of doing this, from clearing weeds to building fertility. All with the result of less weeds, so you have time to be creative and enjoy gardening more.

Compost is key and it holds nutrients in water-insoluble form. Therefore you can spread compost even in autumn, even though it is washed through by rain before plant roots have access to it.

Compost is the best mulch in out damp UK climate, because it does not offer habitat to slugs. Avoid mulching with straw or hay.  Paths can have mulches of half-decomposed and small pieces of wood, but always being careful not to increase slug habitat.

Nutrients become available when needed by plants, through a combination of

  • air and soil temperatures being high enough for plant photosynthesis/metabolism, which causes roots to signal fungi with requests for food, and moisture too
  • fungi in compost and soil, mainly mycorrhizae, which are able to find nutrients (and moisture) for roots.

Chemical fertilisers are a chancy and polluting way to feed plants because they are water soluble, damage soil fungi and they may be leached out by rain, before plants can use them all.

After my talk, I take questions, then have books for sale, and a wall calendar.

Venue

Llandeilo Civic Hall
Crescent Road
Llandeilo, SA196HN United Kingdom
+ Google Map
Phone:
01558 822001
Website:
http://www.carmarthenshirehalls.org.uk/hall.php?hall_id=8