Gardening 50 square metres in NW London using No-Dig Principles

No Dig Bed 1.5m *5m Clear Of Weeds 160414
No Dig Bed 1.5m *5m Clear Of Weeds 160414

Welcome to, a blog showcasing a 50 square metre urban vegetable garden cultivated by Rhys Jaggar using the no-dig principle.

The blog will share insights with those interested in gardening in plots smaller than those at standard allotment sites, in particular how to grow high yield-, high quality and varied vegetable produce under such constraints.

It aims to:

  1. Provide a Forum for novice gardeners with a small space to garden to share experiences, ideas, successes and challenges.
  2. Provide a seamless link to many relevant information sources, e-commerce sites, blogs and video channels.
  3. Provide a series of rigorous, detailed protocols which work, including discussions about things which don’t work based on failure at the coal-face.
  4. Provide a series of discussion articles about gardening matters of both a practical and philosophical nature.
  5. Create a community of shared values, namely respect for each other, respect for the lessons nature can provide and a belief that nature probably already has a solution for any problem we may be experiencing.

As an organic grower committed to growing high quality organic fruit and vegetables, Rhys has been allowed to use the No-Dig logo by Charles Dowding, the UK’s leading pioneer of no-dig market gardening.


No Dig Logo


Author: Rhys

Rhys trained as a research biologist, working for a decade in the cancer research charity sector, before completing an MBA and working in management consultancy, technology transfer and early technology investment spaces, mostly working with UK academics to turn their scientific discoveries into value for society. AS a younger man, he was fascinated with mountains, both climbing them and ski-ing down them. Whilst living in Scotland, he completed a round of (then) all 277 Munros, the independent mountains over 3000ft originally complied as a list by Munro. He also spent his holidays representing the Ski Club of GB, as a Representative and Party Leader between 1990 and 1997. During that time, he found to his bemusement that he was able to predict, without understanding fully why, to a remarkable degree of accuracy, when good snow conditions would occur in the Alps, gaining an unworthy reputation for predictive genius in 1990 when predicting the evolution of the 1989/90 winter in Wengen, Switzerland for his CEO boss. He used this skill for the next seven years to ensure that he enjoyed powder snow pretty much every time he went ski-ing. An MD student he was training in Oxford also impressed his wife by taking Rhys' advice about when to take her to Italy in the mid 1990s! In recent years, Rhys has turned his mind toward how to grow prize tomatoes, winning several prizes in local and London shows and has, in the past 3 years, moved toward taking over a 50 square metre urban vegetable patch, which he has turned into a no-dig area since autumn 2014.

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