Reasons To Dig Down In Your 'No Dig' Garden

Organic gardeners often talk about the importance of leaving soil undisturbed. Those who understand soil know that its fragile ecosystem is best left to do its thing without too much digging or tilling. That said, there are some reasons why you might want to dig down in your garden. Here are three very good reasons to dig in a 'no dig' garden:

PondTo Make a Garden Wildlife Pond

One very good reason to dig even in a no dig garden is to create a wildlife pond. A wildlife pond is one of the very best ways to create a diverse habitat for a wide range of different creatures and to attract and help a wide range of wildlife in your garden. Helping the wildlife is not only good for the wildlife and our planet in general, it is also good for you as a gardener. Having a wide range of wildlife in your garden will make sure that your plants are pollinated, and that pest numbers are kept to manageable levels.

Clay PotsTo Harvest Clay for Garden/Home Projects

Another reason why those trying to live more ethically and sustainably may wish to dig, even in a garden where the soil ecosystem is mostly preserved and protected, and that is to get your hands on an eco-friendly natural material for garden and home protects, crafting and other applications – clay. If you have clay where you live, then you can make use of this resource in a wide range of different ways. Digging clay on your own land on a small scale could help you improve your eco-friendly practices and reduce your carbon footprint by allowing you to avoid other more damaging materials like plastics.

WalipiniTo Make An Earth Sheltered Cold Frame or Greenhouse

One final reason to consider digging down in your garden is to create an earth sheltered greenhouse, cold frame or another garden structure. Since such a structure will make it easier to grow your own food throughout the year, and can increase the quantity and diversity of the plants you can grow where you live, this can be a good move for those looking to live a greener way of life.

Using 'no dig' methods in your growing areas can be a very good idea for organic gardeners, but that does not mean you don't need a spade at all. There are still certain reasons for digging that can improve your garden and your life enough to make it worthwhile disrupting a patch of soil.