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Post by wayland on Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:26 am

I am quite taken with this method of growing veg. I have a number of new raised beds which did not produce the crop I was anticipating. Despite all the organic matter I dug into these beds. So now I read that disturbed soil needs time to repair itself! Well these beds were disturbed alright, right down two feet or so. Lots of info on YouTube but I do have a few questions. How do we grow Parsnips without digging? Some of the ideas for growing Potatoes leaves me scratching me head. Growing Spuds above the ground surface just in a six inch layer of compost and mulching with straw seemed to work well but it seems to ignore the goodness in soil altogether!. As the nights draw in its time to start planning for next season. So with the helpful opinions of you lads, I should be all set up to be no dig next year. What do you think?
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Post by Deryn on Tue Oct 31, 2017 7:10 pm

I haven't dug for years now and have never had a problem with the root veg as long as its not sown in freshly manured ground as normal. its amazing what the worms can do to the soil.
Only problem is I have to start all over again now we have moved to Ireland.
Have spent all of the last 2 weeks spreading said rotted manure over the raised beds. I used to cover with black plastic but don't think it will stay on over here, so as an experiment am leaving it uncovered, hoping it doesn't wash away.Unless anyone else has a suggestion. The other thing to use is old carpet which is heavier but we don't have any to hand.
With the potatoes I have an old fashioned potato planting tool, which look like a large bulb planter and then i just mound the soil up in rows with a hoe and just leave them. Works fine as long as they are sown deep enough. have never tried them on the surface.
Good luck with it, it is much easier on the back. which is why I started.

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Post by wayland on Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:16 am

So the maincrop spuds are gathered in. On the face of it we have got an average crop but taking into account we have not had an average year weatherwise. I am well pleased. The "Sarpo Mira" can produce huge spuds, too big really and they should be dug early unless you want spuds the size of dinner plates. With the drought they produced normal sized spuds which is fine. The whole no-dig method of growing the spuds is easy and requires little effort. ie no trenching or earthing up, just a six inch layer of compost/muck and a good layer of straw. As the drought ended most of what we were trying to grow outside, the spuds held up well with just the odd bucket of water. so all in all well pleased.
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Post by Deryn on Mon Sep 24, 2018 6:44 pm

Dug our spuds up today and like you Wayland have quite a good haul considering the weather, in fact its the best lot in 3 years. The manure obviously help keep the moisture in as didn't water them at all.
The pumpkins I grew in the side of the compost heap and they are enormous. Just hope they haven't taken all the goodness out.

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Post by wayland on Tue Sep 25, 2018 8:01 am

Nice one Deryn. I have a Pumpkin growing and producing ripe fruit. I dont know why we bother growing these tasteless monsters now the kids dont need them for Halloween.
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Post by Deryn on Tue Sep 25, 2018 5:52 pm

Sell them at the mart. That's what we do.

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