How to Create a No-Till Garden

An organic gardener builds soil. One of the most effective ways to do this is to add organic material to your garden bed. You can build soil and create a new garden in under 60 minutes and do no digging.

The first step is to determine the size of your garden, four feet by ten feet is a good size. The second step is to water the ground where the garden will be, then lay down enough cardboard to cover the area, making sure the cardboard overlaps so no grass is showing.

Now water and put down a layer of compost, water and the next layer of cardboard and water. You can repeat the cardboard and compost layers two or three more times if you wish or desire a greater depth.

The final step before planting is add a layer of compost and soil mix. Now the herbs, vegetables or flowers of your choice can be added.

I suggest for the best success you combine herbs, flowers and vegetables together in the plot. This will help attract the beneficial insects, such as pollinators, to the garden.

Mulch is a great way to conserve water, reduce weeding and enhance your garden's fertility. There are a number of options when selecting a mulch; for example, some people use decorative mulch such as stone or wood chips for the decorative effect. Your garden will look good, but the mulch will do little to improve the soil's health.

I prefer thinking of mulching being similar to composting, only I am more selective in what I use for mulch, no carrots tops or apple peels, for example. The leaves from the old maple in the yard work well. Adding mulch to your garden beds is an effective way to conserve water, reduce weeding and enhance your garden's fertility.

If you plan ahead and have the materials handy, you can have this no dig garden bed completely installed in no more than 60 minutes. All that you need to do now is water when needed and keep an eye on how things are growing so you can spot any problems before they grow.


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