A no-dig garden is a great way to grow a vegie patch. It removes the need for backbreaking ground work and it can be constructed over grass, existing beds, concrete or paving. A no-dig garden involves layering various organic materials – woodchips, straw, grass clippings, dried leaves, aged manure and compost – into an existing bed or raised garden bed. As the materials break down, they transform into a nutrient-rich mix for your plants to grow.
Choose a spot that receives at least six hours of sunlight and level, if required. If constructing over existing lawn or dirt patch, line the base of your bed with a thick layer of cardboard or newspaper and wet down.
Spread a 10cm layer of wood chips over the newspaper and top with a handful of blood and bone. Water well.
Spread a 10cm thick layer of grass clippings or green waste over the wood chips. Wet down.
Add 10cm layer of straw and sprinkle blood and bone over the top. Water well.
Spread a 5–10cm layer of bagged manure over the top.
Add 10cm layer of green waste and sprinkle blood and bone over the top. Water well.
Dig a hole in the compost, fill with compost, plant seedling, backfill and water in well. Mulch around the seedlings with pea straw.
As time passes, the layers will break down and the height of the bed will drop. Simply top up by alternating layers of straw, compost and manure to keep the garden growing for seasons to come.