My Story And Maybe Your’s Too.
Way back in 2004, I caught a chest infection that just wouldn’t lift. After about four months, I ended up one night in Accident and Emergency at our local hospital. Chest X-rays revealed pneumonia. That night, the 25th of August, I “left the building”, twice. The next morning was the turning point, even though it didn’t feel like it at the time. Home ten days later but physically wrecked.
Heading into Spring and the gardening season, a month later, I couldn’t lift a shovel. It was a conundrum. I had some bedding litter in the goat house that needed removing. Rather than composting it, I managed to talk the kids into spreading it out on cardboard sheets the shape of garden beds. About 2.4 x 1.2 metres (that’s 8 x 4 feet). I was up to planting seeds and so I did. And that’s how I started no-dig gardening (and haven’t stopped since!).
The benefits kept coming:
- My need to water was down by 80% as the straw, poop and hay mix held water like a sponge.
- The veggies I harvested were like rocket fuel for my damaged body.
- The beds held their shape and depths over the Summer and through the next Winter.
- The lifeless sandstone soil turned back, filling with earthworms in the first season. (I still have no idea where they came from!)
- I don’t know if it was the brush with death or the no-dig beds but those veggies tasted better than anything I’d ever grown.
Since then I’ve used straight compost, pea straw, barley straw, lucerne (alfalfa) hay and chicken and/or duck droppings in combination and alone.
What’s the takeaway?
- Using Nature’s Ways is always best.
- Get out of the way and let the soil fix itself.
- Then it will grow anything you plant!!!
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