In this episode, Rachel looks at what creates a good soil structure, the key to growing healthy, abundant plants as well as time-saving garden hacks for growing potatoes and other vegetables.

She also looks into the work of Viktor Schauberger and why copper tools can be a gardener’s best friend!

Which is best – the dig or no-dig method for growing vegetables? And are copper gardening tools really worth the money? And how can you grow potatoes without watering, earthing up or any real amount of work? And we also take a look at what the Soil Food Web is and why it’s important when growing plants.

Join Rachel in one of her free online garden design classes here:

Ruth Stout no work potato growing video from Back to Reality

You can view the Soil Food Web image here:
Copper gardening tools can be purchased from



Rachel Mathews
Rachel Mathews

Professional international garden designer for over 30 years. My mission is to de-mystify garden design and make it easy for people to successfully design their own garden - without needing to spend a fortune!

    2 replies to "Dig or no dig? Lazy gardener tips & copper tool secrets"

    • Lisa Robinson

      Hi Rachel
      Would you be able to tell me if you know of any garden designers that would be able to draw up some plans for us. We are having trouble visualising and getting the proportions right but only need plans as we want to do the work ourselves. We are based in sheffield.
      Any information would be appreciated.
      Thank you
      Lisa Robinson

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