Growing vegetables, salads and soft fruit in raised no-dig beds
Author: A. & G. Bridgewater
Publisher: Fox Chapel Publishing
Home Gardener’s No-Dig Raised Bed Gardens is the essential guide to gardening successfully with the minimum amount of digging and weeding. For those without the time or stamina to spend hours maintaining a garden, horticulture experts Alan and Gill Bridgewater show how to make raised beds, build up layers of soil with mushroom compost, cover weeds with mulch, protect plants with nets and plastic, and much more. The text is thoroughly practical and advocates using organic methods where possible. This book is a must for busy gardeners everywhere. It is ideal for first time gardeners who want to learn the basics, and it is perfect for busy and older gardeners looking for simple, no-nonsense gardening methods.
Presents the philosophy, tips and techniques to run a successful organic garden that is based on a system of permanent slightly-raised beds, describing what fruits and vegetables to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases.
'No dig' gardening saves time and work. In this book, no dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty explain how to set up a no dig garden. They describe how to make compost, enrich soil, harvest and prepare food and make natural beauty and cleaning products. These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens
An illustrated full-color gardener's journal with perpetual diary--75% advice on how to grow great crops, 25% writing space for each day of the year--a manual to inform and inspire, from a no-dig pioneer and one of Britain's most trusted vegetable gardeners Use this journal year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside Charles Dowding's suggestions for future reference. Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season, and takes you through the annual cycle, from clearing weeds, feeding soil, and sowing to harvesting and storing vegetables. Advice on sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home Best sowing dates: seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late Advantages of no dig: saving time, fewer weeds and bigger crops How to maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing How to feed soil just once a year, for strong and healthy growth When and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce too Charles' gardens are famous for the absence of weeds - "where is all the cheap labor you must be hiring?" is a common question on course days. Yet it's a fact that untilled soil, with a humus-rich surface, germinates fewer pioneer weed seeds, as described by Professor Elaine Ingham. This and other natural principles will make your life a whole lot easier. The diary explains these methods and weaves them into a timeline of action, to increase your success rate. Good timing is good gardening! Book is most appropriate for zones 8/9, for other zones the dates need adapting: for example he has great feedback from zone 6 gardeners using his methods. And you can flesh out the detail with his You Tube videos, where over half the audience is North American.
Focusing on containers, trellises, and raised beds, this book shows how everyone can garden, including those with physical limitations like arthritis or location limitations like apartment-dwellers without backyards. Knowing where our food comes from is a huge issue; food safety and costs seem to figure more prominently in our lives all the time. Many people would like to grow their own vegetables but don’t know how to begin—digging, plowing, planting, weeding, and watering a large plot can be daunting. Stand Up and Garden shows how everyone can garden, including those with physical limitations like arthritis or location limitations like apartment-dwellers without backyards. Imagine harvesting radishes, carrots, and strawberries in the spring; herbs, tomatoes, and cucumbers all through the summer; beets, spinach, and even potatoes in autumn. By focusing on containers, trellises, and raised beds, Master Gardener Mary Moss-Sprague has improved upon traditional gardening by developing ways to grow plants that produce large amounts of food—enough for canning and other preservation—in small vertical spaces. New gardeners will find basic planting and growing information for a wide range of vegetables and herbs. Experienced growers will find economical, space- and energy-saving ideas. In addition to vertical gardening techniques, there are tips on overwintering plants and details on sustainable and eco-friendly gardening practices. Step-by-step illustrations and supply lists of inexpensive materials make projects like building a trellis or constructing a raised bed using straw bales accessible to everyone, regardless of ability or skill. There’s even a chapter on installing a micro-drip irrigation system—a very helpful innovation that eliminates the need for heavy hand-held watering devices. Use this great reference for inspiration and instruction on sustainable and economical gardening practices and techniques.
When the inspiration hits to start an organic garden, many novices could benefit from a guidebook that speaks directly to their enthusiasm, their goals, and, of course, their need for solid information that speaks a newbie’s language—from the most trusted source for organic gardening methods. In Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening, general garden-building skills (from "Do I need to dig?" to "Where do I dig?") and specific techniques (from "How do I plant a seed?" to "How much should I water?") are presented in growing-season order—from garden planning and planting to growing and harvesting. Many other need-to-know topics like soil, compost, seeds, pest control, and weeds are explained in simple language to ensure success, even on a small scale, on the first try. More than 100 common garden terms are defined, and Smart Starts sidebars offer doable projects to build confidence and enthusiasm for expanding a garden when a gardener is ready. A flower, vegetable, and herb finder highlights easycare plants with good track records. Plus, there are no-dig garden methods, simple garden layouts, and tips and hints inspired by the most popular page views on OrganicGardening.com. With a "no question is unwelcome" approach, a troubleshooting section lessens frustrations and encourages experimentation. Rodale’s Basic Organic Gardening is everything a beginning gardener (or one who’s new to gardening organically) needs to get growing and keep a garden going strong all season.
Table of Contents Introduction No Digging Gardening Compost Alternatives Sedge Peat and No Digging Improving Your Soil Structure The 4 Crop Rotation Method Sawdust and No Digging Birds in Your Garden Importance of Mulching Conclusion Author Bio Publisher Introduction For centuries, this has been the lot of human beings, working the fields. Digging the ground before hand in order to prepare it for a new crop. Some people are going to wonder about this topic. What is this idea about no digging. As far as they know, any gardening without any digging is like having breakfast eggs without salt-and-pepper and toast with or without butter. Traditionally speaking, everybody knows that the land has to be dug and the ground aerated well, so that the seeds can get an opportunity to grow. But here is a gardener talking about no digging gardening? Well, that seems interesting! In fact, no digging gardening has been in Vogue for centuries, especially when people kept looking for shortcuts when they did not have to pick up their spades and their hose, and do the digging in the garden, especially when the weather was cold and blustery. This book is going to give you plenty of information on how people have managed to grow their gardens without any sort of digging. If you are thinking of becoming a gardener, but just hate the thought of picking up a spade and digging into the ground because it is such a tiresome and tiring exercise, here is some information about traditional non-gardening methods, which you might find interesting. In fact, this information is for all those people who have not heard that there is a controversy going on between people who advocate lots of digging and those people like I who really could not be bothered to dig, but still manage to have tolerable harvests!
A new edition of the classic gardening handbook details a simple yet highly effective gardening system, based on a grid of one-foot by one-foot squares, that produces big yields with less space and with less work than with conventional row gardens. Reissue. 30,000 first printing.