Will it be too late to make a no dig bed?


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    Amanda
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    This will be my first year as a no dig gardener after 40 years of madly digging. I have already created several beds over the winter, but two of my beds currently have purple sprouting broccoli and winter cauliflower, these will not be removed until about May. Will it be too late to then cover the bed with a deep layer of compost.
    My Christmas presents included three of your books and I am hooked, it all makes such perfect sense.

    #44938

    Jacob Lockcuff
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    I’m no expert, but couldn’t you place the compost around the plants? I suppose it depends on the depth you are laying on.

    #44940

    Amanda
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    Hadn’t thought of that, I am starting a new bed so would 4 inches of compost be too much piled up around the stems?

    #44949

    Jacob Lockcuff
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    Personally I don’t see why not. Some say the stem will rot if buried in too much soil/compost, so you may just spread it around the plants, but keep the majority off the stems. When digging in the past however, I’ve always hilled soil around brassicas and planted very deeply so I’m kind of skeptical as to whether it will actually make the stems rot lol

    #44950

    charles
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    Jacob’s point is good, and exposes another of the many misleading myths out there, which confuse thousands of gardeners if not millions!
    Compost around stems is just fine, it’s akin to ‘potting on” except that plants are larger.
    And yes, spread compost around winter brassicas now to feed the soil, in readiness for spring plantings after they finish.

    #44955

    Amanda
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    Thank you so much for the advice, I will be up there at the weekend spreading my compost.
    I can’t wait for the new growing season and trying out the no dig method, and I will carry on watching all the videos for all your great advice Charles.

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