The No Dig Garden Prototype 2
In an effort to quickly bring forth new gardens for this planting season I have completed and planted my second No Dig Garden Box. It is a little different than my first box mentioned in The No Dig Garden Box
I built this latest box with heavier lumber and it is wider and longer. I used 2×10 boards by 8 feet long and by 4 feet long for the ends. I still used 2×4 stakes in the corners, but I used a 4×4 post in the front at the center outside of the box. This box is up against a south facing chain link fence. I intend to use it to support the upward growth of the cucumbers I put in at the back of the box. I also put in two varieties of sweet peppers, and broccoli. The last time I grew broccoli I had great greens, but no flowers. I am working for flowers this time!
It has been raining buckets everyday here in South Florida, and it has been very humid when it is not raining. It is hard to be disappointed by rain here, but if this keeps up all of my vegetables, even those in raised beds will turn to mush! I am hoping for the changes in weather that traditionally happen for us some time in October; cooler, and dryer. In the meantime I keep building boxes and planting.
Tell me about it, lots of rain catching going on here. Maybe you can build something that will divert the extra water somewhere else for later use.
3garbage cans, and a pond full, and no more space for water! I need a trough, and that would be full too! Thanks so much for your comment Chastity.
Looks good. A thinking persons garden.
Thank you so much for all the wonderful information on your blog!! I love your style of writing and find you very educational and entertaining at the same time. Please continue to teach.
Thanks for your comments Holly and Daniel. I am glad to hear from you.
Thanks Adina! I wrote down your recipe for the no dig layered garden. I’m gonna try it!
Excellent Yvette, Thanks for your comment, and let me know how that no dig garden recipe works for you.
I tried both the No Dig Garden (NDG) idea and the Square Foot Gardening (SFG). What works for me is to use the NDG for the planting medium and the SFG for the planting scheme. I have some vegetables and to spruce it up throw in a few flowers. The birds were eating up the leaves so I made a cover as suggested by SFG. Also I made the vertical frames for vine crops. Works pretty good.
Thanks for your comment, De. I am glad the No Dig Garden ingredients worked for your garden. I find it remarkable that birds were eating the leaves in your garden. Were those birds chickens?
No the birds were finches. My wife feeds them seeds and I guess they wanted some greens. They really decimated the zucchini squash leaves and other stuff.
Here is another tidbit I never see mentioned. Maybe it is considered gross but there is a good source of nitrogen for composting and for the garden. Check out the book “Liquid Gold- The lore and Logic of Using Urine to Grow Plants” by Carol Steinfeld.
Very interesting. My chickens like leaves too.
I haven’t seen the book but I am familiar with the practice. I have a farmer friend who grows heirloom corn on mountainous hunting land in Kentucky. She and her interns are accustomed to “watering” any yellowish patches with the liquid gold.