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How very exciting. If you haven't seen the YouTube videos they are really interesting. Lots of info on no dig beds, although i haven't got the method down. Really interesting stuff on picking salad and herb bags and the technique used to wash them ready for packing. Really inspiring to see how much can be achieved in such a small amount of land and lots of info on his composting system which is vital with the amount of produce grown. Charles has a lovely soft voice too, so nice to listen to almost like being read a bedtime story 😁
Any advice for compacted clay soils and rainy climates?
Kerry - it's probably best to start a new thread to ask the question. Anywhere in the organic forum will do. It will keep this thread tidy, make you eligible for the book draw, and also make it easier for anyone with a similar question to find the thread and any relevant answers.
Thanks all for your messages! I am happy at the response, that we are communicating through the book, because when I write I always imagine a reader right there and figuring it out. Especially beginners, though in many ways we are all beginners some of the time, trying new approaches.
To answer some of the questions:
Kerry's on compacted soil: we are asked this a lot and the answer depends on whether your soil is compact, or firm.
Compact soil is truly dense, smelly (sulphur!), sometimes grey and rusty orange in colour.
Firm soil is normal and good: it is hard in dry weather but there is a matrix of structure from not being cultivated. You can walk on no dig beds! The structure created by soil life is firm and stable.
It follows that success comes from encouraging soil life. We find that compost is the quickest means, but any organic matter works, and in dry climates it can be better to mulch with un-composted materials and let them protect the soil + conserve moisture, while they decompose. That is 'sheet composting'.
But this can encourage slugs, a big enemy of veg in our climate so compost works best in damp/rainy climates.
Kristi from Florida: let us know how you get on. I love the feedback from the States on many of my videos and had a mail from Ohio recently, where a woman has made a hugely successful no dig garden following the video outlines, and all her neighbours keep stopping to exclaim!
Steph and I are thrilled by the success and look forward to more feedback and questions.
The Charles Dowding channel on You Tube has a collection of topics to inform you more. ABout no dig, and about growing specific vegetables, with many time saving tips.
Hello, I am new to using forums. I have been registered for a while under my farm name. In the "naming policy", does that mean my user's name? Or is that only considered when you make a post? thank you for your help.
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Welcome Charles and Stephanie to this forum. I'm already a big fan of Charles's videos on view tube and have already purchased one of his books. I look forward to reading his blogs on this forum when he posts them.
Regards to both and all.
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Woo Hoo!! I never win anything!! And I never posted a greeting in this thread, now I feel guilty. Charles & Stephanie, welcome to permies!! I actually have this book on my amazon wish list to purchase. Looking forward to reading it! Thanks!!
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