Last year, we decided to use a scrubby bit of garden to start a veggie patch. It was a very rough, sloped area with lots of stones, so it would have taken a LOT of digging to get it going.
So, I decided to have a go at the no-dig method of gardening to see if I could create a mini allotment without any effort.
I gathered together some old cardboard boxes and some leftover pressure-treated wooden planks and set to work.
We built four veg beds, filled them with lovely compost and topsoil and then planted them up with onions, peas, sweetcorn and cabbage.
And I’m pleased to report that all of these crops grew really well in my no-dig veggie plot! I wasn’t sure how well the onions would do, as they grow mostly beneath the soil, but they turned out great.
The sweetcorn too was a concern, as I wasn’t sure if they would grow deep enough roots to support the tall stems, but they grew brilliantly too – really tall, in fact.
We also grew lettuce around the edges of the beds and added courgette plants that we allowed to trail onto the grassy paths. The beds are still going strong this year and I’ve already planted some of them up with more onions over the winter.
If you want to have a go at DIYing your own veggie plot with minimum effort, it’s super-easy to do and you’ll soon be able to enjoy fresh produce from your garden this year.
You will need:
- Wooden planks
- Stakes and mallet
- Wood screws and screwdriver
Here’s a quick video from my YouTube channel, to show you how to make your own no-dig veggie beds, step-by-step:
I hope you enjoyed this video and that you can see just how easy it is to make your own no-dig kitchen garden using just some offcuts of wood and recycled cardboard.
Let me know if you have a go at making your own veggie beds using the no-dig method in the comments below and I’d love to hear how you get on with your veg plot this year so please tag me in your progress pics on Instagram @Cassiefairy. 🙂