"No dig" vegetable growing

General Discussion
Paul Smith
Paul SmithAshby-de-la-Zouch, United Kingdom

Heyup miducks! Paul from Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire.

I haven't dug a plot for several years now. I recycle cardboard boxes, lay them down on top of weeds then cover them with Horse manure. Nature does the rest.


Elisabeth de BoisgelinLondon, United Kingdom

Hi. I am on a FB page for no dig and a question I'd like to know is - are there any glues, chemicals in cardboard?

Davie PhilipCloughjordan, Ireland

It seems that there are two chemicals in cardboard production sulphite and sulphate, does anyone know what the impact of these are on soil.


Hi Paul, thanks for introducing yourself and welcome to the GROW Observatory. I hope that the first online course will help you understand your soil better and you might find the next course Sensing the World https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/grow-earth-sensor interesting as well. We plan a Living Soils mission later in the growing season as well where you can compare traditional and regenerative growing practices which might support your knowledge of your growing areas. If you sign up to our e-newsletter this should keep you informed on all these activities - and do follow our social media, we'd love to see some photos of your growing area.

Linda WhiteLondon, United Kingdom

Hi, I recently got an allotment and am planning no dig and an experimental hugelbed, enjoyed the course and have signed up for the next 2! Rather excited.

Sarah from GROWManchester, United Kingdom

Hi Paul. That's fascinating! I never knew you could grow in that way!