No Dig Bed

CLARE FERGUSON

You may have spotted something new in Cutteslowe Park – this is Edible Cutteslowe’s new vegetable bed, now ready and waiting for planting up!

It’s a no-dig bed – rather than break our backs churning up a muddy mess of the grass, we decided to simply cover it. You can see here how we laid some cardboard over the strongest looking grass, then piled used compost over everything. A bed this size takes a LOT of compost, but luckily we had a lot available not too far away, after growing hundreds of tomato plants at the Horticultural Therapy and Garden Centre!

We’ll leave it now for a few weeks while our seedlings get started in the glasshouses, then plant those straight into the mulch later in the spring.

If you would like to try this at home or at your allotment, there’s lots of information on Charles Dowding’s website

Growing Food, Growing Community

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