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Digging - Dig v No Dig

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dave Nov 16, 2012. 12 Replies

I would like to open a debate on digging verses no digging.Since acquiring my allotment three years ago, I have always used the single digging method with a degree of success, although with this year…Continue

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elaine rickett commented on Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's blog post Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I tried the no-dig method for the first time this year and found that everything seemed to grow as well if not better than the normal method.  The first thing I noticed was that there were less weeds.  I think digging seems to spread the…"
Nov 28, 2012
Dave replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I'm not a lazy gardener - but no dig is my first choice. i grow mostly in beds and can honestly say that after initially having to dig to clear some perennial weeds, I've been pretty much weed free since. The key is to compost as much as…"
Nov 16, 2012
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Nov 13, 2012
Malagrowther replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"Stephen,  You have identified a key dilemma. My rule is knead first - weeding afterwards! In fact I use a bread machine (for the knead function only) rather than risk contamination. As for grains I like to explore widely.  Rye is…"
Nov 12, 2012
Stephen Shirley replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I knead too - making bread is my therapy when I need it (rarely) from commercial horticulture. Its also a great way of getting your hands clean!Are you a quick yeast, dried yeast or fresh yeast baker? Have you thought of growing your own wheat?…"
Nov 12, 2012
Mr Sparkles replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"Appears people don't read!! there is a difference between "not being able" and "not wanting to" and i was waiting for the "i'll justify my way" post!"
Nov 12, 2012
Stephen Shirley replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"Couldn't agree more Colin - if there is a way use it. I too am a back sufferer - the bottom third of my spine being made from Titanium springs bolted through my vertebrae. As a '40 something' I dread the future as I…"
Nov 12, 2012
Colin Robinson replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I'm not a lazy gardener, I'm a disabled gardener so anything that makes my life easier and less painful is to be welcomed. My method works amazingly well and produces bountiful crops for me and my family. If it didn't work I…"
Nov 12, 2012
Mr Sparkles replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"You either want to be a gardener or you don't! simple. If you don't want to cultivate your land then you can't be bothered to put in the effort to get the rewards. I have seen so many people try lazy gardening and when it doesn't…"
Nov 12, 2012
Geoff Wilson replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I'll declare my hand, I am a MUST dig believer. It's a great therapy and form of exercise and I would feel I was cheating if I didn't dig. I also live in the North East and single dig my plot every year, principally to break up the…"
Nov 12, 2012
Colin Robinson replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I agree with Stephen. The problem with all of these ideas is that they work fine in some circumstances but not others. Someone posted in another thread that there is no 'one size fits all' in gardening and it's certainly true here.…"
Nov 11, 2012
Stephen Shirley replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"Like everything in horticulture it is that inexact science again - and what works for one person or soil type may not work for another. By example, someone struggling with a new build garden (compressed from big machinery and full of house bricks…"
Nov 11, 2012
Malagrowther replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"This is like the knead or no knead bread debate! The 'no' camp are always cheating  and kneading /digging on the sly!  I knead and I dig!"
Nov 11, 2012
Colin Robinson replied to Brian 'Dobby' Dobson's discussion Digging - Dig v No Dig
"I've been no dig for a few years now and it works well for me. I garden on a clay soil and when we moved here 6 years ago I had to start from scratch and it was necessary to dig the first couple of years to get out as many stones and perennial…"
Nov 10, 2012
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Digging - Dig v No Dig

I would like to open a debate on digging verses no digging.Since acquiring my allotment three years ago, I have always used the single digging method with a degree of success, although with this year being so wet (up North) my harvest hasn't been as good as I had hoped, but neverless still very rewarding. I'm quite fortunate that I have quite a large plot so I have decided to set aside a couple of beds with the 'no dig' approach.I would love to hear from people who have used either or both…See More
Nov 10, 2012
Brian 'Dobby' Dobson posted a blog post

Digging - Dig v No Dig

I would like to open a debate on digging verses no digging.Since acquiring my allotment three years ago, I have always used the single digging method with a degree of success, although with this year being so wet (up North) my harvest hasn't been as good as I had hoped, but neverless still very rewarding. I'm quite fortunate that I have quite a large plot so I have decided to set aside a couple of beds with the 'no dig' approach.I would love to hear from people who have used either or both…See More
Nov 10, 2012

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Digging - Dig v No Dig

Posted on November 10, 2012 at 17:34 1 Comment

I would like to open a debate on digging verses no digging.

Since acquiring my allotment three years ago, I have always used the single digging method with a degree of success, although with this year being so wet (up North) my harvest hasn't been as good as I had hoped, but neverless still very rewarding. 

I'm quite fortunate that I have quite a large plot so I have decided to set aside a couple of beds with the 'no dig' approach.

I would love to hear from people who…

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