Thanks to innovative farming methods Pat Marfisi learned in Australia and other parts of the world while working on organic farms, his successful and popular garden are the talk around town because of what he gardening method doesn't require -- digging or much watering.
Surprisingly Pat hasn't been a farmer for long. He decided to become a farmer after retirement. "At age 60, Marfisi became a WWOOFer -- he joined World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (www.wwoof.org), an international cultural exchange program that provides organic farmers free labor in exchange for providing workers with food and lodging." LA Times
Pat Marfisi uses his experience and proves with his own Hollywood garden that the No-Dig gardening method works and it doesn't require a lot of water or digging or root pulling to do it. It is fairly easy and gentle on the back. Whew! No more gardening back pain. I'm interested.
To do it he uses fodder (ex. alfalfa hay and straw), bone and blood meal and compost in layers on top of newspaper. To buy fodder it can be found at grain and hay suppliers. He plants his seeds. His garden grows.
Does the method seem too simple to be true? Try it yourself. He provides a 300-square-foot No-Dig Vegetable Garden Recipe here . In addition here is a list of No-Dig Recommended books: 1977 paperback Gardening Book: Growing Without Digging by Esther Deans. Ruth Stout's "How to Have a Green Thumb Without an Aching Back," published in 1955. Masanobu Fukuoka's "One Straw Revolution". This book was translated to English from Japanese in 1978.
So how often does Pat really need to water? About every ten days according to his interview with LA Times. That's amazing especially considering that parts of the world are in drought right now. What is the other benefit of this No-Dig gardening method? Save money on today's expensive veggies, buy growing your own and saving on gas not having to drive to the market for them. It is also more environmentally friendly.
What does Pat Marfisi grow in his garden? He grows beets, collard greens, chard, celery, tomatoes, chives, peppers, basil, chives, lettuces and leeks. What is a leek? I didn't know myself so I looked it up. If I understand correctly it's a vegetable that belongs to the onion family- a type of onion.
The only setback to this gardening method is that certain plants require certain nutrients that are difficult to produce with this method of gardening, but if you understand plants and gardening with a little extra work you can grow them successfully. In addition this gardening method is said to look a little messy. My thoughts on that! Who cares? What's wrong with a little messy? The cookie cutter home with the cookie cutter gardens could be brought to life with a little mess like this. Besides have you ever gone out into the wild and seen plants grow neatly and uniformed? Messy is natural.
Via LA Times