No-dig gar­den­ing

The Daily Telegraph - Gardening - - Down To Earth -

Re­spect for soil and the life within it is the essence of nodig gar­den­ing. Apart from any ini­tial cul­ti­va­tion, per­haps to re­move weeds or re­lieve soil com­paction, the soil is never turned over. Gar­den com­post and other soil-im­prov­ing ma­te­ri­als are spread over the soil but not in­cor­po­rated by dig­ging; this is left to worms. Other soil or­gan­isms de­com­pose fur­ther what the worms drag down, re­leas­ing plant nu­tri­ents and form­ing hu­mus. Although some soil dis­tur­bance is in­evitable when sow­ing, plant­ing and har­vest­ing, it is min­i­mal com­pared with dig­ging.

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