“Masanobu Fukuoka, author of “The One Straw Revolution”, asked himself this question when developing his do-nothing method of farming. I asked myself the same question over the years as he simplified his approach by Masanobu gradually eliminating a number of gardening products and practices. But what about our remaining gardening practices? Can we simplify them further and get closer to Fukuoka’s do-nothing ideal while still getting great results?One Yard Revolution is all about growing a lot of food on a little land using sustainable organic methods, while keeping costs and labor at a minimum. Emphasis is placed on improving soil quality with compost, mulch, and compost tea. No store-bought fertilizers, soil amendments, pesticides, compost activator, etc. are used.” Patrick Dolan “One Yard Revolution”
This video explores some of the conventional organic practices we have accepted as essential and he proposes some of these can be eliminated or simplified to make the whole process easier and still get good results. Keeping it simple will encourage more people to become organic gardeners. I personally improved a corner of my garden in California from hard clay to beautiful rich soil by simply digging a hole in a pattern and planting my organic materials and covering it up. Within 3 years this was a fertile rich soil that produced beautiful crops. Try this if you are not in a rush for results.
Toward a Do-nothing Gardening, pt. 1: Soil Fertility (Lazy Gardening) from One Yard Revolution YouTube 2013
I am an RN with over 50 years of experience. I still work 3 12 hour shifts a week at a busy hospital. I owe my good health and longevity to good genes and a healthy lifestyle. My Dad was a chef and I very early learned to cook healthy primarily vegetarian foods. I love to garden and grow my own healthy food. Digging in the dirt is both healthful and therapeutic. Good for us and the environment. I hope you enjoy visiting this site and find the information interesting and helpful.