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To dig or not to dig? Here in what a question.

Here that is interesting.

The other day one our remarkable sosedushka, Vera Arkadyevna, asked the son of other neighbors, Maxim, to dig up it a kitchen garden. It is a little, hundred parts, probably, two. It owing to the age cannot already do it, and her husband, Konstantin Ivanovich who usually all laborious work, similar did to autumn and spring redigging itself, was unwell now.

She paid to the guy who dug over the whole day these hundred parts the decent sum, as a result all are happy, the kitchen garden is dug up, the boy earned.

Well, truth? And now a droplet we will think!

And why it is necessary?

We have quite big kitchen garden, about seven hundred parts earlier when we only accustomed, for its processing the mass of tools, shovels, mattocks, sapk was used... Even the plow made and there was time when children dragged it, plowing up all kitchen garden uninterruptedly. Work on such kitchen garden, as well as at most of our neighbors, softly to tell, was quite intensive: redigging, eternal fight against weeds, all this in a halfbent state.

Years already I remember fifteen epizodik as after one unsuccessful digging by a shovel of minutes five it was unbent and hardly reached a sofa, and all mine as derisively, went to the wood! And there is nothing to speak about Nina, literally fell after several business hours on our hundred parts and us with children quite often asked to dig over one, other piece of a kitchen garden.

It is clear, that such situation did not suit me at all therefore began to look for intensively technologies and tools which would allow to stoop not too at cultivation of vegetables.

The first opening there was a book A vegetable growing Course on Mittlaydera let out in the USA in 1990. Literally in several months, its Russian translation appeared. On 150 pages it is very detailed, in the form of lectures with control questions and the summary, all aspects and subtleties of vegetable growing on unique technology, including use of absolutely small number of tools and designs are stated literally.

For me the most attractive turned out the fact that anything it is possible to grow up on beds 45 centimeters wide with row-spacings 110 cm. Generally, I caught this idea and with own hand arranged these narrowest beds. However, nevertheless narrowed row-spacings to 90 cm

But Ning, a konservatorsh such (!) told: Well, you give try, but I will be all - as everything, - to dig, sit down, to weed!

Generally, I can precisely tell, - the good technology very convenient from the point of view of formation and processing of narrow beds, but...

In - the first, it is based entirely on use of very precisely picked up mineral fertilizers, including unknown to me until then molibdanat ammonium. However, Igor bought it in some chemical warehouse!

In - the second, fuss with calculations of these chemicals. It was necessary even special to write an applet, for calculation on 6 - ti and 9 - ti meter beds.

And in general, chemistry it is necessary to buy, carry on the dacha, to store somewhere... Trouble!

Radically the situation changed when V. V. Fokin`s brochure " got to me; To the earth with science .

Unfortunately, the references to the websites kept at me in the computer where a few years ago it was possible to read FREE OF CHARGE this brochure in other formats, do not work, and its reprint is forbidden.

Therefore I, most likely, will make the separate page devoted to V. V. Fokin where I will tell about it, to his theoretical work and its practical use is more detailed. There, by the way will be to talk also about some of his followers.

I will not retell the brochure here, but Vladimir Vasilyevich`s conviction that it is not obligatory to dig at all, it was transferred to us entirely.

Moreover and acquaintance with Clever kitchen garden N. I. Kurdyumova, our decision to pass completely to the " technology finally created; untouchable beds and naked row-spacings. Called beds untouchable because on them it is strictly forbidden to go even to Archie and hens. There worms (vermikultura), are engaged in the noble cause of fertilizer and structuring the soil. And row-spacings naked as exactly there it is possible and it is necessary to go, tread and weed, more precisely, to cut off germs of weeds.

Beds at all are never dug over but only are a little processed by easy and convenient tools.

Now Nina herself, not too straining and with great pleasure, serves all seven hundred parts of a kitchen garden, all garden, flower beds and lawns!

And, besides, feeds, erases, cleans, potters with grandsons, hospitably welcomes quite frequent guests, constantly frays with girlfriends, helps daughters, daughters-in-law and in general everyone, smartens up in front of mirrors and at the same time manages to remain the cheerful, cheerful and beloved wife!

My business to arrange any equipment, to build everything that it is possible to construct and humour the unique and beloved best half!

By the way, practical advice to men! Once I made one of instrumentik for removal of small weeds, found uchastochek where these weeds was not meryano, and accurately destroyed them. I call the wife, I brag - look as works! After that it to a kitchen garden does not admit me at all. It appears, cut out carrot half-beds!

We do not use any purchased or imported fertilizers like the same manure in general, there is quite enough of what remains from activity of everything that at us lives and grows at the dacha and a kitchen garden.

Asked Nina as at us, in comparison with others, a harvest - that? Two thirds of a kitchen garden are empty!

There is her answer:

You know what is enough for us for all, means we grow up enough. As for two thirds, which, it seems, are empty so look how many it is trodden lands between plants in usual kitchen garden. I suspect a good few, not a third! But most important, ease and speed of processing. Today in one hour prepared six beds! (It is the fifth part of a kitchen garden!)


1. Do beds. If you only begin to master a site, then do narrow beds with broad passes, and, in process of an okulturivaniye of the earth expand them, reducing row-spacings. but always leave passes and width of beds such that it was convenient to work.

2. If you feel that the age or other reasons do not allow you to process without special fatigue all beds, then, on the contrary, reduce width of beds.

3. Never leave the earth empty on it weeds with which it is necessary to be at war all the time will immediately lodge! Land peas, haricot, soy, salads, generally any cultures which do not demand special leaving during vegetation and big labor costs at their processing. As a last resort sow sideratama beds.

4. If there is opportunity, get at least several chickens. For a high it is possible with a cockerel, let sings, but it is possible also without it. In - the first, you will always have fresh protein with cholesterol, and in - the second very concentrated universal fertilizer.

As for garden tools, that we, as well as many beginning summer residents for years got a heap of different shovels, pololnik, tridents and pyatizubets. Except a plow about which already spoke, did the web-footed and rotating lamellar cultivators.

Generally a lot of things was, superfluous!.

Looked for something on the Internet, in country forums, some tools about which skilled summer residents told very much were pleasant (long ago was - already and I do not remember where read!) but it was remembered that someone even sold drawings.

Over time something from bought and made broke, something is unused in garage, and here that remained.

On this to the " exhibition; shovels, each of which is intended for definite purposes. But in any way not for redigging of beds, and, for example, for processing of pristvolny circles, planting of flowers, bushes, etc.