Planting our potatoes with the “no dig” method and progress in the garden

We had read about it, so we thought we would give it a try – “No dig” gardening. What is that you ask?  Well the idea is that you cover the ground around the plants you want and it stops the weeds coming up, therefore you don’t need to dig them out.  We understand it can take a couple of years for the weeds to completely stop coming up but we thought we would give it a go.

So we started with the potatoes.  We laid cardboard across the ground and Neil made holes through the cardboard into the earth.

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I followed up by planting a potato into each hole and then we covered with the cardboard.  The idea being that each potato will grow through the hole in the cardboard, but the weeds won’t be able to.

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We then did the same with the onions.  We got the cardboard from our local convenience shop.  He would only put the packaging into recycling so we are recycling a different way.

I took the opportunity to have a look round the garden at what else is growing.  The rhubarb is coming along fantastically and we will be able to pick from it soon.

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Where I had pulled up all the dead strawberry leaves and exposed the new little plants coming up, they are doing well, still small but growing new leaves.

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I had created a border of daffs, narcissus and primroses around one of the lawns.  These have finally come into full bloom and are looking lovely now.

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It’s nice to have a dry day to get some jobs done in the garden.  Saturday was glorious with sunshine but today it is more cloudy, but still a good working day.

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9 Comments »

  1. Nikitaland said

    Don’t you just LOVE gardening season? We do too! Last night, the deer ate all of our strawberry plants down to nubs. We are so mad! Your garden is coming along nicely!

    • Thanks, we have put electric fence between the woods and our garden to stop the deer coming in. The first year we were here they munched everything. We put shrouds round the peas and cabbages etc to stop the bunnies too. We always seem to be fighting the wildlife…

      • Nikitaland said

        I hear ya. It is a shame that we have to do all of this to keep the animals out of our gardens. We have to put up a six foot high fence around our garden just to keep out the deer. We just planted our strawberries last year and they do not produce any fruit until the next year, which would have been this year. So, we hope that the main plants can pull through this demolition of what the deer did last night.

  2. Won’t the cardboard break down into compost? Then those pesky weeds will have a nice rich soil to live it. I love the idea but I’m skeptical. I’ll keep watching to see how your potato vs weed battle wages 🙂

  3. Yes it will eventually, but should last the season out. we will have to wait and see

  4. VERY interesting – looking forward to hearing how it works for you,

  5. Love seeing what you are doing in your garden! We do the no-dig thing in our veggie boxes. It does make things easier! 🙂

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