Not that long ago this area was a building site - compacted and dry from having the weight of so much timber and materials for the house laid there, as well as bobcats and diggers wheeling over it creating the cut for the house and trenching for services. Amazingly the garden has done well, but it does need a few goes at the no-dig layers before the soil life really comes alive.
Considering what we started with, the soil is looking great now - it is incredibly different to just 12 months ago. There were so many worms too! I've used this method in restoring some really degraded soils in many kitchen, school and community gardens with great results. Here's link to a previous blog post with full details on how I create no-dig gardens.
With this new addition of compost, mulch and love my refreshed salad, cutting greens and herb garden will flourish! Lots more healthy fresh salad greens coming in just a couple of weeks.
|A little forking to ensure the soil was nice and open. It is amazingly soft soil after the recent rains. I had to be careful with those tines - there were so many big worms in there.|
|Paper layers are typically 10 sheets thick, soaked in water and overlapped about 10 cms in each direction. We paper up around perennials and herbs staying in the garden area. We paper the pathways too.|
|Finishing up the garden after dinner - adding the final layer of mulch (our only purchased ingredient). Great to have everyone out helping!|
|The thick layer of mulch being settled in with a spraying of water by Hugh. Ready for planting tomorrow!|