Cherry Taylor in Monmouthshire

We moved to a new garden on Monmouthshire clay in August 2015.  It was a neglected, weedy lawned garden with hedges full of ground elder, couch and bindweed, 1.75 acres in total.

I initially set up a few no dig beds laying packing boxes and compost directly onto the lawn, away from the worst of weeds to house plants I’d bought with me and to get growing some veg.

We removed unwanted hedges and covered all bindweed / ground elder infested areas with weed suppressant fabric and black plastic (silage rolls). 

I started the veg bed proper in winter 2016/17 on a lawned area with buttercups, yarrow, dandelions, daisies, grass, docks etc.  Again, I laid cardboard on the grass and covered it with a mixture of homemade and municipal green waste compost, tamped it down and planted fruit trees & bushes and veg straight in. Beds have no sides and paths are compost and some are sawdust from small pet bedding.

“If you are ever in Monmouthshire, the garden is open by arrangement under the NGS (with the main opening in September) and I am always happy to accept visits and share my no dig garden with others.                     [email protected]

A view of part of Cherry’s extensive, no dig flower beds:

9 thoughts on “Cherry Taylor in Monmouthshire

  1. Hello Cherry
    I live in the Forest of Dean so not far away from you. I want to start a no dig veg plot for next year but after digging up my potatoes because of blight this year, I also found masses of ants – They are abundant in my garden but haven’t been this bad in the veg plot before.
    This set me wondering
    a) would i still have the blight issue if no dig and,
    b) wouldn’t the ants have a hay day under the cardboard and manure under a no dig area making my problem worse?

    1. Hi Jane,
      Ants like a dry place to live, and as no dig helps lock moisture in, I would expect no dig to minimise your ant visitors. Just make sure your card and the ground are moist when you make your beds. Blight is air bourne and does not live in the soil from year to year, so going no dig will not make this worse… it might make it better if your plants are thriving and more robust with no dig. I’ll be at the Monmouth Climate Future Festival at the end of the month. Do come and say hello 😊

  2. Dr Cherry Taylor
    We went to see your garden in May 2018 and as a result I too have tried no dig gardening in our garden in Hampshire with excellent results. We will be in your area week commencing July 5th and wondered if we could visit your garden.

  3. Cherry, I gave you my email address on the back of my raffle ticket at the Hardy Plants meeting this afternoon re booking for your ‘No-Dig’ course next June.

    In case the raffle ticket has got lost here is my email address again: [email protected]

    Many thanks,
    Paddy Beynon

    1. Short answer – yes! In fact, I have a new front garden now, all started no dig from a weedy lawn, with trees, shrubs, perennials and bulbs. I’ve had amazing results with perennials, annuals and shrubs with no dig, all in their first year, now running into their second. People who have visited just couldn’t believe it was only started in late August 2016 and less than a year old. In fact, I’m opening under the NGS this September as a work in progress no dig garden!

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