Can I dig it? Yes. Will I dig it? No. I am experimenting with using the No Dig Method on my allotment and have even bought a book by one of the UK’s leading exponents of No Dig – Charles Dowding. I surely can’t be the only person to notice that an anagram of Dowding is Wd no dig. Anyway, here is a picture of Charles showing off all the crops has has harvested by doing no digging.
Apparently, by doing no digging you not only preserve the natural structure of soil but also get less weeds. However, you do have to do lots of hoe-ing and spread much compost so there is work involved. I plan to do exactly what Charles says, starting from next year.
In the meantime Dan and I are limbering up for a couple of exciting harvest festival events. This Saturday (October 4) we will be making carrot recorders and playing songs at the Harvest Home event at Preston Park Museum in Stockton-on-Tees. On Tuesday next week (October 7) we will be popping up at the RHS London Harvest Festival Late event. Do come and see us if you can!