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    I have been reading through some posts and I note a number of new gardeners are going to try the no dig method,and most have watched Charles Dowding on YouTube much as I like to watch the man I am aware that there is no way I could replicate what he does even on a smaller scale, I do not have quantity of material required to maintain his soil fertility, and I wonder how many new gardeners are put off with the disappointment of a poor harvest after trying no dig
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    I've not seen any videos by Charles Dowding, but I have heard of him. Maybe I'll watch what he does too. I kow that my harvests will be better than if I had to dig it all, which would equal to very little lol
    I'd be interested in hearing the downsides too though, I am a realist, just don't put much pressure on myself I suppose
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    Not really tried no dig properly yet, but had super results from courgettes and cucumbers planted into a 5 month old muck heap this year ;-)

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    Poor harvest compared with...what?

    I think it is a bit like going organic. One has to "mix and match" to get to the right position. As they say "Rome wasn't built in a day" and just do a bit at a time will be all most (but not all) people can do. Even those masters of Gardening in Scotland are only doing a bit next year as no dig. So pick an area and off you go.

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    I just take on board the principles -
    - don't disturb the soil by digging it.
    - cover the soil with mulch (if you can) and don't dig it in.

    That's it, as far I'm concerned. I'm never going to have trailer loads of manure and compost, but , since I'm not growing veg as a business I don't have to be perfect. Nor do I have a reputation to maintain (apart from being nuts)

    Soil fertility takes time to build up, there is no instant fix. I'm convinced that people watch videos, read books and expect miracles. Gardening's not like that. You need patience and time to get to know your soil and location.
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    I'm lucky - I know that the soil fertility is good where we are going. The plot has been looked after and fertilised. For me it's just a matter of getting the whole plot going as soon as possible, and I think no dig is the only way I can do that.
    And I'm not against using non-organic methods. If I need to fertilise, I will
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    I think VC has hit the nail on the head, for the average gardener the soil fertility has to get time to build up, or like CD swamp it with an abundance of compost to get the results.


    ps don't tell her I agree with her or that I thought she was right
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Door View Post
    Poor harvest compared with...what?
    Compared with their expectations, after watching some videos
    it may be a struggle to reach the top, but once your over the hill your problems start.

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