Many interesting responses! After reading everything I still find the method very good but I know better what problems I do have with the method: I still don't really know how to sow carrots in raised beds (you must make lots of pockets) or radishes. I relly love sowing direct because it is lesser work. The other problem I have with the no dig bed is that I often crownd my beds considerably. I.e I plant tomatos. Around them there are garlics (to keep the bugs away). While the tomatos are young I plant ruccola or other salads in between. And I always sow a border: Something I can get the seeds very cheap and it will grow very fast to have an instantt result (cress, buckwheat salad, coriander, mustard.. most bought in the grocer store). In raised beds you sow or plant always in pockets (coorrect me if I am wrong) and between the pockets there are a gaps. If you don't leave gaps you have no space to put the mulch. Or does anyone cove the whole area with whatever fine material to sow directly in? the no-dig method lives with seedlings. this does not mean that the method is bad, perhaps it is good having some beds in the old fasiioned manner for carrots and other in the sheet composting manner. My following new beds I inittially will stil dig initially- dig out the concrete, big stones, or old water pipes - which can never be turned into organic matter. The other big problem is getting enough organic material if you don't want to spent heaps of money (a baleof lucerne $16 sugar cane mulch 9-12 and all this is shurely not grown nearby - lots of CO2 to transposrt) Getting straw is really difficult if the city is surrounded by mansions with horses! Intensive gardener: why do you prefer digging to hoeing? Most of the vegetables are annuals - so you do most of the garden beds in a more conventional way. Do you sow very thickly? Do you use guilds? which plants do you plant to provide the mulch? Do you think that one can grow his own mulch on a suburban block of land? (400 sqm incl. house). I realy cannot imagine letting the chicken roaming into the veggie garden! They escaped this mornig and the damage was considerable! we have now a waste water diverter and use the shower water for the compost heap, which didn't work very well - too dry. I hope it does not alterate too much the soil ph p or disturb the worms. We are making an experiment: we have a wormfarm directly on a bed using a wooden frame. The worm farm is full of hosre poo. In one or two weeks we will remove the frame and i'll try to plant directly in. However I think about incoorporating more perennial plants and these are really good for the no dig method! Does the raised bed system or sheet composting has any more ancient roots in traditional agriculture?