If doing less work to grow better produce sounds appealing to you, this spring is the perfect time to start a no-dig garden. While there is some initial setup involved, the process is simpler than you might think.
First, you should layer cardboard or newspaper on the ground to smother any existing grass or weeds. Then, add a thick layer of compost or manure on top to provide nutrients and improve the soil structure. Next, add organic material like hay, leaves, or straw. This functions similarly to mulch in traditional gardens by retaining moisture, regulating soil temperature, and suppressing weed growth.
Once you’ve set up your layers, you can make small holes in the top to plant your seeds. The roots will wind down through the mulch into the nutrient-rich compost, breaking down organic materials and enriching the soil as they grow.