Monday, June 16, 2008

The No Dig Garden

The Los Angeles Times features an article on Pat Marfisi and his no dig garden. The no dig garden offers a dramatic reduction in the need for water and labor. You can find the article here. Comments by Marfisi, photos of the garden and specific directions for creating your no dig option are included.

Veteran gardeners will say that the greatest amount of work in creating a successful vegetable garden goes into soil preparation. One of the best things about this sustainable alternative: You don't have to break your back digging and pulling roots.

"It's a wonderful movement," says landscape designer and garden writer Rosalind Creasy, author of "The Complete Book of Edible Landscaping." "So many gardeners presume you have to start with a rototiller. That only destroys the soil structure and burns the organic matter."

Links to publications detailing the process are footnoted at the end of the article. Marfisi is a member of WWOOFer, World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms. He learned his skill working on an organic farm in Australia as a volunteer. Hmm. What are your vacation plans this year?

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