This video is all about no dig vegetable gardening in raised beds that have sides. There has been much discussion recently about if raised beds should or shouldn’t have sides so I thought I would explain how I do it effectively in a wet slug-prone climate and the benefits and drawbacks of sided raised beds. I created this video to show what is possible, and also to show that there is more than one way of growing food and that each method is very personal and situational (aka no real right or wrong!). No dig gardening is a wonderful method of growing food that promotes a healthy soil and healthy plants.

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Introduction 0:00
Converting beds to no dig 0:36
The many growing methods 2:06
Practicality in a wet climate 3:21
Gardens on a slope 4:37
Ease of compost appliaction 5:43
Weeds & grass paths 6:33
Investment & effort of sided beds 7:28
Raised bed structure maintenance 9:34
Adding physical growing structures 10:09
Raised beds drying out 11:22
Personal reason for choosing sides 12:40
Sides & slugs chat 13:56

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Productive NO DIG Vegetable Gardening in Raised Beds with Sides | Benefits, Tips and Suggestions

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  • jules B

    Thanks Huw, excellent video. Your plot is lovely. I have all raised beds and rarely see slugs. I practice organic and companion planting, i swear by it. x

  • Cymro1970

    Hi Huw, I'm thinking of using wood chips as a mulch for my no dig beds as I've seen in other videos. The only woodchips I have available at the moment is willow Wood chip. Is this type of tree ok as a garden mulch for my veg?

  • JB Preps

    Hi from Idaho Huw! I love your channel, always great advice and ideas! I do have a question. How do you keep the grass in the pathways from creeping into the raised beds?

  • samothco

    The problem I have is with my no-dig beds are black birds digging them up and spreading the compost everywhere. My beds are full of worms and life, which is a good thing and I don't mind the birds living here. But unless I cover everything with bird netting, they will dig up the whole bed, throw out seedlings and spread the compost up to 50cm past the bed.

  • The Hangman's Daughter

    I couldn't manage a garden were it not a no dig affair. As a disabled person I couldn't dig in compost, or turn the soil each time I put in a crop. Using a raised bed and the no dig method has allowed me to grow fresh food despite my limitations.

  • David Morris

    Huw , do you think it's ok to use used diapers lightly to help retain moisture. I have a two year old , and live in the country. We don't have trash service. So I burn our trash and garden alot with raised beds . I've been tearing open the wet diapers and adding them at the bottom of the tall raised beds when making them to help the wood compost , and been using metal sides . I'm tall at 6'4" and soil is very expensive bagged can be 15 american dollars or more. So I put wood in the bottom to help and sprinkle the ingredients from the diapers near the the bottom to get rid of them and speed up the the decay of the wood or stumps and things.