It takes two hours to set up a 300-square-foot garden that requires no roto-tilling -- no digging at all! -- and, even in drought-stricken California, only needs to be watered every ten days or so. Why aren't we all
A no-dig bed can be created anywhere. Pat Marfisi's luscious plot
was built on a concrete patio! Beginning with ten or twenty layers of newspapers, the gardener layers on hay, straw, and compost, dusting between each layer with blood and bone meal. You can find detailed instructions of this "absurdly easy" project here
No-dig gardens conserve water, as well. Once the plants have established their root systems, the layers of compost and straw hold in the moisture. The mixture does break down, so you'll be adding layers from time to time. It might look a little messier than your standard garden, and you'll still have to fertilize, at least initially, but once you start harvesting, all doubts will quickly vanish.
via: Apartment Therapy