no dig beds progress report

The first of the no-dig beds has started cropping-a handful of mixed lettuce and baby spinach leaves, half a dozen radishes. A small suggestion of salads to come throughout the summer.

The development of the crops has been steady so far-the temperatures have risen well this week and growth is accelerating. I am having to water but the thick mulch means every other day is fine. The obvious benefits of the thick mulch so far seem to be twofold. There has been no slug damage. The surface of the compost dries quickly, discouraging slugs and snails from crawling across it and is also coarsely textured, which is probably another slug deterrent.

The second benefit is that there has been no emergence of weed seedlings. The  thickness of the mulch is preventing light from triggering germination in seedlings and there is no further disturbance of the soil to bring more seeds to the surface. So far, as they say, so good. Happy gardening to you all and spare a thought for all that biodiversity on  Biodiversity Day today.

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4 thoughts on “no dig beds progress report

  1. Looking good Judith, notably futher on than the famished salad crop in my raised beds.

    On the theme of biodiversity I found this site recently and thought you might like it even though we missed the night in question!

    http://www.nationalmothnight.info/index.php

    We usually have lots of moths in Brittany, but there are hardly any so far this year. Maybe due to the weather?

    • Thanks for the link Max- will check it out. I am more pleased with the bed than the allotment. I need to think through ways of improving the care given to the larger area-the raised bed is at home and much easier to keep an eye on. And watering is so much easier too.

    • Good luck with your sowings, Emma. I used bagged farmyard manure from Homebase-it is very well rotted and does not seem to have the scorching effect on the plants that fresh manure can have.

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