No-Dig Gardening Sept. book

A change has been made where we are meeting at Mary’s Market in Edgebrook Center the 20th of September

A lush, productive vegetable, herb, and flower garden doesn’t have to require endless hours of time and unlimited energy. No-dig gardening methods let you keep the rototiller in the shed and focus on what you like best—planting and harvesting! 
With the step-by-step instructions in The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening, you’ll discover how to

it’s 128 pages

author:  Charlie Nardozzi

The Complete Guide to No-Dig Gardening: Grow beautiful vegetables, herbs, and flowers – the easy way! Layer Your Way to Healthy Soil-Eliminate tilling … garden naturally-Reduce weeding and watering



Us humans are always digging in the soil

no dig gardening is good for the soil

use deep mulch

Use Straw bale, or keyhole gardening

talk of no-dig beds

use compost and potting soil

Lesson impact of planet using no-dig gardening

Chapter 1

The benefits of no-dig gardening:

  1. more productive garden with less work
  2. reduce global warming
  3. reduce stress and anxiety P. 8
  4. more earth friendly
  5. reduce weeding
  6. digging kills micro organism
  7. tilling could mean a more compact soil
  8. tilling is good for about 1 foot

No dig helps the planet

  1. it’s less work
  2. gathering/laying bed material
  3. use raised bed with organic material
  4. less walking in garden beds means little compaction

Chapter 2

Gardens means soil!

need to know drainage

soil is living organism, crushed rock, water, air, and top soil and humus

5-10% of organic matter.

check soil for clay, sand, or silt

water drains slow

it’s also the most fertile

40% cxlay, 40% sand, 20% silt

Soil tests

ribbon test

jar test

hole draining test

hardpan metal rod test

soil pyramid on page 19

need to know ph factor of you dirt

Health soil contains humus

organic lets a plants root grow deep

holds soil in place

organic matter is the heart of the soil

encouraging earth worms to dig

on page 24 they talk about organic matter

Discuss Biochar

it’s black carbon

increase nutrient uptake

sequester carbon

it’s an old practice

research is ongoing

Chapter 3 Building a no dig garden from scratch

Siting the garden

needs to be in full sun

look at drainage issues

no dig gardens are raised up from ground level

Build a frame

Free-Standing No-Dig Garden Beds: Three methods

layers of organic materials

use mulch

or compost

in your layer alternate green and brown materials, but not so exact as a well constructed compost pile.

on page 32 a chart tells about layering a no-dig bed

maybe farm worms for compost.

compost and top soil

page 68 talks about building your own compost

chop and drop strategy on page 69

ideas for beds on page 41

Can adapt you no-dig garden to concrete or rocky soil P.45

use hardware cloth at the bottom

build 1 foot

create a branch layer

soil 10-12 inches

use cardboard for weeds, or use a plastic or growing tarp

growinfg a 3 foot bed defers weeeds

Chapter 4 Converting an existing garden to no-dug

State of existing garden

find out what’s not working

like poor production

compacted soil, roots can’t grow adequately

page 53 talks about cover crops use radishes

page 52 is a step by step process

add 2inches of compost yearly

weeds produce organic matter to build up soil

keep be well watered

green manure is grown in growing season….use cover crops used to build up the soil

compost is key to a no-dig bed

p. 68 talk about building a compost pile

Gardening clean up: you need to trop and drop at seasons end

use a shade cover to protect plants from the heaChaptee=r 6 Variation of no-dig gardening

  1. straw bale gardening (bales will smoother any weeds)

hay has weed seeds

nitrogen fertilizer and water p.77 takes about 2 weeks

20-20-20 fertilizer is recommended also 5-5-5

sticks is good for the soil and the enviroment

2. talk about building mounds

3. Keyhole gardening raised bed needs little water p. 82

design p. 84 building a a keyhole garden

refer to page 31 and 36 for layering

chapter 7 the original no-dig garden

soil mixes: need organic fertilizer

add compost

lots of soil mixes for a container

3 types of mixes:

  1. seed starting mixes
  2. potting mixes
  3. special plant mixes

potting soil is good for no-dig gardeners

Recipes on p.94 for organic potting soil

Mycorrhizae is important but its for your potting mix

organic soil mix ingredient are on page 94

Looking at container gardening

matching your pot with your plant P.99

What to plant

single, fillers, flowers, seasonal

Use organic potting mix

3 thoughts on “No-Dig Gardening Sept. book

  1. Had a total of 4 people at our in-person bookclub at Mary’s Market. The book score a 3 smiley face rating with a high 4 and a low of 2. Next month are book is “Gathering Moss”.


  2. While I picked this good:

    I want to construct multiple raised beds for my garden. Currently, every year I till and plant my onions, with these onions I’m very worried that if we get a lot of rain (3 years ago) the onions get washed out…thus raised bed…ok, I would like a process of perfecting the soil in this raised bed. I also learned that I could cover the raised bed with some black plastics. I also plant tomatoes and peppers where I should have a couple raised beds for these. Learned a little about biochar and using cover crops (which I don’t use)


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