Create a nutrient-rich environment for your veggies with no-dig garden beds
If you have lawn and want to turn part of it into a flourishing vegetable bed, try the no-dig method.
A no-dig vegetable garden is constructed on top of the ground and can even be created over existing garden beds or hard ground.
It is built up in layers, and it is a bit like making a triple-decker sandwich or a lasagne.
They can be designed in any shape or size to fit the available space, but should be in a sunny position.
Follow these steps to make your own.
BUILD a frame for the vegetable garden using bricks, concrete blocks, straw bales or recycled timber. We used railway sleepers.
COVER the base of the bed with 10 layers of newspaper, overlapping the pages to prevent grass or weeds growing through. Wet the newspaper thoroughly with a fine hose spray
SPREAD a 20mm layer of homemade compost or Scotts Miracle-Gro Organic Choice Garden Compost over the newspaper. Cover with a light layer of Yates Dynamic Lifter or cow manure.
LAY lucerne hay to a depth of about 100mm, making sure there are no gaps. Water well.
TIP Baled lucerne hay is best.
ADD more compost and Yates Dynamic Lifter or cow manure and another layer of lucerne hay, then wet the hay. Add as many layers as you like, depending on how high you want the bed to be. Finish with a layer of hay.
MAKE 150-200mm deep pockets in the mix where you want to plant the seedlings and fill them with compost.
PLANT the seedlings in the pockets and feed the vegetables fortnightly with a soluble fertiliser such as Powerfeed.
After several months, the layers will eventually break down and form a rich humus. You can now add more compost to the bed and plant a second crop.