Thought that this was a great article for anyone wanting to supplement their garden quickly…
Cardboard or thick layers of newspaper laid straight onto soil (even weedy soil) or lawn and topped with six inches of compost is my top instant bed technique. A simple frame around it keeps it all contained, and best of all - no weeding required!
I agree, a perfect solution BUT…six inches of branded compost can cost the earth if the beds are extensive. I used the best bargain locally - Verve from B&Q at about £8 for120ltr on my raised beds and - it went nowhere (less than 2 inches!) on two beds of 23x4 - costing me £100+. And compost is now like hen’s teeth! Hopefully, not for long.
It’s almost as if no-dig, by far the best way forward, is ‘suspended’ for a while. Sadly, I’ve got to dig.
Yes I do no dig too, I’ve been lucky with leaf mould this year so that might offset some of it but as you say branded compost costs a fortune. There has been a good recommendation on here for compost from Lidl. Not sure if they deliver but it might be cheaper than B and Q and it is really helpful to get a proper recommendation from someone who’s said it is good.
Agree - the best solution is to make it yourself if at all possible! A mix of compost, leaf mold and well-rotted manure (from a trusted source that doesn’t use persistent herbicides) makes a good growing medium for a raised bed.
Alternatively, shop around for bulk sellers of compost (much cheaper than individual bags!) or see if you have a municipal composting facility that sells at a reduced rate or even for free.