How To Start A No Dig Garden (From Start to Finish)

  • Am Vor 3 Monate

    Dutch Farmer MorenoDutch Farmer Moreno

    In this video I’ll show you how we converted a weedy plot of land into productive, clean and weed free no dig garden beds.

    The no dig method for market gardening is one of the most efficient systems that allows you to save time, energy and effort, whilst needing fewer tools, have fewer weeds and gain overall more profits.

    I’ve made another video about it in the past which you can find here:
    www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVoru...

    The steps to make your own no dig garden beds are pretty straight forward:
    0:00 Introduction
    0:29 Step 1 - Prepare the area
    3:46 Step 2 - Measure out plot & beds
    5:43 Step 3 - Broadfork (Optional)
    6:24 Step 4 - Lay down cardboard, attach strings, apply compost and rake out
    12:25 Step 5 - Woodchips
    15:01 Step 6 - Compact beds
    15:26 Step 7 - Plant & Irrigate

    Additional information:
    • The bed sizes on our farm are 10 meter (33 feet) by 80 centimeter (31 inches).
    • On our farm we use woodchips, preferably small chips, in the pathways. If you have lots of slugs and snails it’ll be better to use compost in the pathways as they’re not as attracted to it.
    • Tools we used are: bed roller (to compact the compost - you can use your feet or a shovel for this), Jang seeder for direct seeding and some basic garden tools. No real rocket science needed here.
    • The compost we use is a minimum of 6-month old and we can directly seed and grow in it. If your compost is fresh (not completely broken down yet) it will continue to rob the soil from nutrients in order to break down. Once it’s broken down these nutrients will become available for plant intake.
    • The amount of compost we used to create these beds equals to about 1.2M3 per bed. We laid down a compressed layer of 15 cm (6 inches) on top of the cardboard. This amount is only applied once and won’t need to be topped up until the following season.
    • Every season after creating the first beds we only apply a layer of about 2 to 5 cm (1 to 2 inch) of compost per season.
    • Best time to apply the compost and create your beds is in autumn. Just like in nature when most plants shed their leaves and protect their soils, this is a great time to create your beds or top them up. Having said that, you can do it at any time of the year.
    • You don’t have to mix the soil with compost. The purpose of the compost (and the cardboard below it) is to create a light depriving layer to kill off any existing vegetation below it. Mixing soil with compost would create the perfect environment for the weed seeds in the soil. Something we want to avoid;)
    • Some weeds might poke through the layer of cardboard and compost. Once that happens, simply use a shovel or garden trowel to remove them entirely with root and all.
    • The compost we use on our farm is made from a variety of sources and contains about 30% horse manure and 70% green wastes. The compost you use doesn’t really matter as long as it’s well composted! It can be 100% green waste or 100% horse manure, simply make sure it’s completely composted and doesn’t contain any weed seeds! The goal of the compost, besides killing off the vegetation below it, is to nourish, protect and feed the soil food web. Feeding the soil organisms is our aim as they’ll be able to convert and make available any of the nutrients present in the soil and provide them to the plants whenever they need them.

    As you can see, starting your own garden or creating your own no dig beds for a market garden is pretty straight forward.

    If you would like to get more information on how you can get started, feel free to check out our website over at: thedutchfarmer.com/

    Thanks for watching, I hope it was helpful, and have a great day!

Dutch Farmer Moreno
Dutch Farmer Moreno

Hey guys! Hope you'll enjoy this new 'No Dig' video. We really love this approach, but I'm curious... What do you think of using this method to create your growing beds? Let me know in the comments below! Looking forward to them.

Vor 3 Monate
Heather J
Heather J

Yes! We did this 2 seasons ago. We used the exact same method, we didn't have the cool roll of cardboard though so had to break down boxes. This year is the best garden we've ever had! The soil life is abundant.

Vor 3 Tage
Muslim Muslim
Muslim Muslim

Hi. I just eatched your video and absolutely amazed by it. I am going to be starting to grow my own next year and our garden is full of rocks under a layer of grass which everyone else on the state had to dig out first and then planted. Would you suggest we leave out the rocks and just follow your method? Any advice would be deeply appreciated.

Vor 9 Tage
Austin Smith
Austin Smith

I thoroughly enjoyed watching the video. I like videos with no talking.. just showing what to do. Great job! ~Kimberly

Vor 16 Tage
Arif Fadhilah
Arif Fadhilah

What if we planting with this method at rainy season like in Indonesia? Will it works as well? Thank you

Vor 19 Tage
Mu Real
Mu Real

Hello, Please can you tell me where you get your cardboard from (i'm also in France) and if it is free from chemicals/other residues. Many thanks for the great video!

Vor 28 Tage
Sushrut Deshpande
Sushrut Deshpande

Please tell the reason for adding cardboard and wood chips.

Vor 7 Stunden
Sushrut Deshpande
Sushrut Deshpande

Why wood chips are added?

Vor 7 Stunden
Conrad Gonzalez
Conrad Gonzalez

My yard has lots of poison ivy and even wisteria and some kind of hard to get rid of boysenberry type trees.

Vor 14 Stunden
rathi ramasamy
rathi ramasamy

I subscribed yr channel, after watching this video

Vor Tag
Glory Bound
Glory Bound

Wow! Thanks and God Bless.

Vor 2 Tage
me plays
me plays

Unfortunately, the compost in our area is very sandy and has lots of small metallic and plastic residue in it due to being mostly made from stuff from the big city. Its hard to come by any good stuff.

Vor 3 Tage
A Nother
A Nother

that cardboard isnt going to break down

Vor 3 Tage
Аліна Коваль
Аліна Коваль

Я ще такого не бачила, дуже цікаво

Vor 3 Tage
Julia Brown
Julia Brown

I’m curious... what did he plant? Flowers? Veges? Herbs?

Vor 3 Tage
James Murphy
James Murphy

Brilliant video, thank you 🙏

Vor 3 Tage
bounlath hansackda
bounlath hansackda

ur weed is very easy. soil flaky. here the tropic soil is tough.rock hard sticky mud and weeds grows wild and fast in the rain. l had togrow lemongrass banana guauva dates to compete against weeds

Vor 3 Tage
Garden Girl
Garden Girl

Had to laugh that the title is about a “no dig garden”. Then the very first thing it shows is digging out a plant!! 😂😂😂

Vor 3 Tage
guillebon axel
guillebon axel

What is your compost made from ? Is it fertile enough alone ?

Vor 4 Tage
Peter Szucs
Peter Szucs

I had all the weeds come up from under the cardboards, probably will till for the next season before I form the beds

Vor 4 Tage
Paulo B.
Paulo B.

With my true appreciation and respect, don’t you think you could use all of this money and effort to do the No Dig process on the soil itself by improving it with lower investments? Basically you just use the space and not the soil at all. Cheers

Vor 5 Tage
Lynn
Lynn

Why do you put multiple onions in the same hole?

Vor 5 Tage
hannah stalls
hannah stalls

This was a great video. You should be very proud of yourself!!

Vor 5 Tage
Antonino Abis
Antonino Abis

Hi Moreno, I love all your videos and finally you convinced me to start a no dig orto as we called it in Italy, I am in Sardinia and as you might know the summer temperatures are really difficult for growing anything, but I am determined to start this coming September so could you please let me know the type of compost you are using, the composition of it and the thickness of the beds, what system of irrigation do you apply and any other helpful information will be very much appreciated. Look forward to your next video and many thanks for the nice times spent watching you. Bravo 👏👏👏

Vor 5 Tage
張政權
張政權

看了也想做,但是仔細想想, 做這些有什麼意義! 自己開心罷了, 難道做了就不再使用3c產品, 不再開車了?

Vor 5 Tage
Pk Das
Pk Das

Very beautiful video. Thanks.

Vor 6 Tage
Self Help CBT Coaching
Self Help CBT Coaching

I live on Big Island Hawaii..no soil all lava in the Jungle where I live, so no dig is our go to. Unfortunately we have to spend $$$ to bring soil in, but once we spend that, we're good to go. I want that roll of cardboard tho.

Vor 6 Tage
Pang-Ngia Vang
Pang-Ngia Vang

Amazing!

Vor 7 Tage
HoboGardenerBen
HoboGardenerBen

I'm curious where you learned this, Charles Dowding?

Vor 8 Tage
Little Home Forest
Little Home Forest

You must have very strong core. My back would break lol.

Vor 8 Tage
David Littlewood
David Littlewood

So the first thing we see is the guy digging 😫🌹

Vor 8 Tage
Charles Yeo
Charles Yeo

Farmville in real life, what a legend

Vor 9 Tage
Christian Shiels
Christian Shiels

Do you ever apply a new layer of cardboard after this first layer? How long would you think the weeds stay undercontrol after it decomposes?

Vor 9 Tage
Christian Shiels
Christian Shiels

my goodness this is relaxing to watch

Vor 9 Tage
Muhammed Sherif
Muhammed Sherif

أحسنت صنعا

Vor 10 Tage
Pao Mos
Pao Mos

Woooooooow 🙌 ahora perdón mi ignorancia pero el cartón qué función cumple y si luego se desintegra?

Vor 10 Tage
Инна Фед
Инна Фед

Благодарю! Счастья и здоровья и любви и удачи и добра и чуда и процветания и благополучия нам всем! Пусть всё получается легко и радостно! Да будет так и ещё лучше!

Vor 10 Tage
Dcbichos
Dcbichos

Obrigado pela ideia

Vor 10 Tage
Farideh Nazmi
Farideh Nazmi

ای کاش من هم کارت بودم

Vor 10 Tage
Nick Shutler
Nick Shutler

Amazing 👏 what mix did you use over the cardboard please?

Vor 11 Tage
Алеша Попович
Алеша Попович

Вопрос. А нахуя?

Vor 11 Tage
Evelyn Joy
Evelyn Joy

I am a new subscriber! :)

Vor 12 Tage
jesse silva
jesse silva

Um bom trabalho ficou uma maravilha 👏👏👏👏👏

Vor 12 Tage
Margaret Bass
Margaret Bass

I use cardboard or newspaper too. Where did he get all that cardboard? Lately theres a shortage due to everyone ordering online and Amazon has cornered the cardboard market. Its almost impossible to get!

Vor 12 Tage
Alesha Raju Naidu
Alesha Raju Naidu

👍

Vor 13 Tage
Hoàng Lâm Lê
Hoàng Lâm Lê

I don't understand, why do you have to use cardboard? What is its benefits and advantages?

Vor 13 Tage
Sumesh Ks
Sumesh Ks

Love from Kerala _ India

Vor 13 Tage
Renee Hailey
Renee Hailey

Nice but way too much work for older people

Vor 13 Tage
John De La O
John De La O

WAISTING WATER SYSTEM. DIDN'T EVEN REACH THE OTHER END.

Vor 14 Tage
John De La O
John De La O

STUP!D, YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO KILL THAT TREE.

Vor 14 Tage
De Moe
De Moe

How much did you pay for the cardboard sir?

Vor 15 Tage
A Vida É Passageira, Well
A Vida É Passageira, Well

Hey dude, how I enjoyed watching this ‘No Dig’ video today 07/18/21 or 18/07/21! You're great worker, bruh! You're brilliant and I liked seeing you how you made all of this! This technique is so beautiful and different! I'll watch this again later! Well done, buddy! You deserve all the best! Cheers from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil! 👏👏👏👏👏🙏🙌💗💗💗

Vor 15 Tage
Truth of God
Truth of God

Lol, "How to start a NO DIG garden": step one, DIG up all trees and brush. Hmm I knew it was too good to be true.

Vor 15 Tage
Your Mom
Your Mom

@Tom Poynton do you replace the cardboard? Does it keep grass from growing through?

Vor 5 Tage
Tom Poynton
Tom Poynton

there’s a difference between *digging up* a few things that simply have to come up, and *digging over* the entire ground. That’s often what you face when starting brand-new no dig beds, however once that cardboard and compost has gone down there will *absolutely* be no digging after that.

Vor 5 Tage
Cameron Shaw
Cameron Shaw

No dig as in no inversion of the soil layers, not no dig as in no effort required. 🤷🏻

Vor 6 Tage
Maripaz Piee Cordero
Maripaz Piee Cordero

Uhhh you inpired.me on that...i have quaryer acher here in the Philippines and i xant do it alone digging. But as you do i can make it more now. Thanks for the inspiation.

Vor 16 Tage
XT
XT

Very interesting and innovative farming . I'm giving it a test run to see for myself .

Vor 16 Tage
PROBA Productions
PROBA Productions

A no dig garden : step 1 : grab a shovel and dig out the weeds (:

Vor 17 Tage
headachebaby
headachebaby

The no dig garden looks amazing, but it's definitely a commitment to get this size done. Great video and great job!

Vor 17 Tage
Daphnie Banzon
Daphnie Banzon

Sir very helpful and inspiring ideas ...god bless

Vor 18 Tage
mohaned salim
mohaned salim

You are amazing man god bless 😍

Vor 18 Tage
Sierrah Max
Sierrah Max

Thank You, that was very interesting and surprising. Looking forward to see how it turns out. Very impressive work and what a great little helper you have too. ✨🤗🌿

Vor 18 Tage
Alex Pacheco de marinos lucas
Alex Pacheco de marinos lucas

Here the cold is ending

Vor 18 Tage
Alex Pacheco de marinos lucas
Alex Pacheco de marinos lucas

good morning, good afternoon, brunette, how are things out there, I hope you're ok,

Vor 18 Tage
MANISH'S FLYING PIGEONS
MANISH'S FLYING PIGEONS

Very nice video sir I want to know what you are keeping side of the compost bed please tell me

Vor 19 Tage
NOBO Takoda
NOBO Takoda

What do you plan to use to Hill up the potatoes?

Vor 19 Tage
Elbert Lindhout
Elbert Lindhout

Bedankt voor de filmpjes die je plaatst! Een vraag vanuit Nederland:-) Ongeveer 1,5 maand geleden heb je dit gedaan, is er onkruid door het karton gegroeid? Is dit karton van 2,5mm dik, adviseer je 1 laag of is 2 beter? Hartelijke groet, Elbert

Vor 19 Tage
Danuta Hachlica
Danuta Hachlica

👍👍🇵🇱🇵🇱

Vor 19 Tage
Старцева Людмила
Старцева Людмила

Картон, бумага? Ок?

Vor 19 Tage
nene gwapa
nene gwapa

I want to be farmer too...

Vor 20 Tage
Sleipnir
Sleipnir

Love this film and music. Well done

Vor 20 Tage
இயற்கை natural
இயற்கை natural

👌👌🙏👍🌹

Vor 20 Tage
Siapa saya
Siapa saya

Keep Strong..💪💪.... Is really Super Man..

Vor 20 Tage
Koran Sawit
Koran Sawit

Good salam the palm oil#koransawit

Vor 21 Tag
Alice Wang
Alice Wang

My back hurts just from watching this video. Great job! I'm inspired :)

Vor 21 Tag
Experiences & Hobbies
Experiences & Hobbies

Great video... Thanks for sharing the whole process.. You're so great Sir... 😊 ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ ❤️ Very nice and beautiful result... Awesome...

Vor 21 Tag
Mr 2019
Mr 2019

Very cool! Thank you so much. Did it was big harvest of potos?

Vor 21 Tag
muhammad galih kadar
muhammad galih kadar

Wow... Good job bro 👍👍 so smart idea's

Vor 22 Tage
icha azahra
icha azahra

👍

Vor 22 Tage
Gradina lui Alex
Gradina lui Alex

Great. I love your videos. My garden its lovely but your ist fantastic ! 5 stars from Alex Garden.

Vor 22 Tage
Angelo Micello
Angelo Micello

to buy a tiller?

Vor 22 Tage
samantha torres
samantha torres

I think no dig is good if your soil is not completely compacted. How much soil and compost did you use, and what are the dimensions of your garden? Well done, you seem very well educated on this style of garden, thanks for sharing 😊.

Vor 22 Tage
samantha torres
samantha torres

# I meant to say compost and woodchips😁

Vor 22 Tage
Frank Jelincic
Frank Jelincic

Well done mate, a labor of love! 💪👍

Vor 24 Tage
László Ujj
László Ujj

Ujj

Vor 24 Tage
Bethlehem Kassaye
Bethlehem Kassaye

Thank you great details

Vor 24 Tage
Eva Rina
Eva Rina

👍

Vor 25 Tage
Monica Mabel Juarez
Monica Mabel Juarez

👏👏👏👏👏👏💯💯🥑🌻🥕🍆🍓🥔🇦🇷💯🇦🇷💯

Vor 26 Tage
Adam Fraser
Adam Fraser

The Dutch don't stuff around! Amazing!

Vor 26 Tage
Darshu4494
Darshu4494

Wonderful ♥️

Vor 27 Tage
Mu Real
Mu Real

@Dutch Farmer Moreno Hello, Please can you tell me where you get your cardboard from (i'm also in France) and if it is free from chemicals/other residues. Many thanks for the great video!

Vor 28 Tage
Norbert Cobangbang
Norbert Cobangbang

I loved this video. Try to use protective hand gloves.

Vor 28 Tage
Dow John
Dow John

I took a DNA test and found out I have a lot of dutch in me. My family came through New York and settled in Kansas.

Vor 28 Tage
don cook
don cook

So lovely. Musical accompaniment is so peaceful. Jolly well done 👍

Vor 29 Tage
HS
HS

How many inches of compost did you add to each bed?

Vor 29 Tage
hidden leaf
hidden leaf

What a great way to teach, there is no need for too much talking like others. Thank you man!

Vor 29 Tage
Игорь Галаган
Игорь Галаган

Молодец!Только проходы узкие!

Vor Monat
IGNACIO DE LA PEÑA RODRÍGUEZ
IGNACIO DE LA PEÑA RODRÍGUEZ

Nice work. Beautifull result.

Vor Monat
red green
red green

Waste of time putting in black dirt . Just put the chips on the paper.

Vor Monat
Jeroen van den Ploeg
Jeroen van den Ploeg

Does not look like Holland to me. Great videos though. Thank you.

Vor Monat
Сергей Зубцов
Сергей Зубцов

Почему вы у меня в рекомендациях? 🤔

Vor Monat
Liga Skirbauska
Liga Skirbauska

Пригодится значит 😉

Vor 14 Tage
Незнайка На Луне
Незнайка На Луне

Тот самый русский комментарий, который ты искал.

Vor Monat
carlos martin
carlos martin

hello,is this land just compost?.Won´t burn plants if it´s just compost?

Vor Monat
Татьяна Матияш
Татьяна Матияш

Очень дорого. Очень трудозатратно. Нерационально. Глупо.

Vor Monat
Deborah's This & That
Deborah's This & That

What a labour of love. Well done!!

Vor Monat
Frank Scales
Frank Scales

Top of the class Mister Dutch farmer, ONE Subscribed coming up. nice Vid

Vor Monat
Elizet Marks
Elizet Marks

Dutch farmer! Loved your video. I have a large garden and the way you got your garden set up is so awesome! For sure doing this on mine! Were did you get that cardboard roll?!!

Vor Monat
Kwandi Ndawa
Kwandi Ndawa

How do you deal with pests and insects on your beautiful farm Dutch farmer.

Vor Monat

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