- On October 28, 2012
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Our autumn border needs expanding – as always – we are inclined to overplant and are always looking for somewhere to squeeze a few new plants in. Last year we made it longer – it’s a snakey S shape, but this year we decided it’s too narrow in places so we have expanded the lazy, no dig way.
You can either leave the exising turf as is, or slice off with a spade and turn over – the less you disturb the soil, the better. See here for some wonderful advice and information on no dig gardening as pioneered by Charles Dowding.
We then simply cover the ground with cardboard, then grit (our soil is heavy), then grass cuttings, then our own compost. Leave over the winter to break down and plant into in the spring, although I am inclined to not break through the card layer by only planting my own annual plugs in the first year, to prevent any grass, still trying to grow, from coming through.
Will post an update in the spring – promise!