Latest news from Charles

Open Day 6th September postponed to 2021
After careful consideration Charles has decided to cancel the Open Day due to be held on 6th September.  Last year the event attracted over 800 people, so this year we planned a ticketed event for maximum 100 people in two sessions. Charles consulted with his neighbours on the lane, and they are not happy with this. We are sorry and hope to be able to reschedule for some time next year, and we shall post ideas in spring.
Garden Organic release press statement regarding Aminopyralid Poisoning

Since 2019 Charles has seen a worrying increase in reports of aminopyralid poisoning from growers.  James Campbell, Chief Executive of Garden Organic says: “This poisoning has been of huge concern to growers and gardeners. Particularly as many may not have connected the distressing plant damage to the organic compost or manure in which they grow.” The press release details who you should send a report to if you think your plants have been poisoned.  Read the full press release here.

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Start a garden, however small

Charles was interviewed by the Evening Standard. In the article are tips from Charles and Sarah Raven, about starting to grow your own fresh food.

Weedkiller in compost

The persistent pyralid poisons are hidden in some sacks of garden composts, and old manures from both horse and cow. They are sprayed on grass to kill everything except grass. Unlike other weedkillers, they persist in organic material, until decomposed by soil microbes, after spreading. Main symptom is distortion of new leaves, resulting in growth stopping. Report this to Corteva/Dow if you suspect it, and take photos of your plants growing points for evidence.

Hampton Court Palace Garden Festival – now July 2021

Charles has been invited to design a no dig garden along with co-designer Stephanie Hafferty. The show was originally scheduled in July, then in September, but even this second attempt has had to be cancelled because of Covid. See more on the RHS site.  Charles and Steph are now booked for the same show at Hampton Court Palace, in July 2021. Details to follow.

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The Organic Gardening Podcast discusses no dig

Both Charles and Steph are interviewed by Sarah Brown.  Charles talks about his no dig method and soil health as well as and his gardening history going back to the 1980s. Steph discusses with Sarah ‘ No Dig Organic Home & Garden’, the book co-written with Charles,  and also her love of using the whole plant for many different uses


Charles reading the news

Intro to Charles & No Dig Organic Gardening

Charles Dowding has explored and shared new ways to garden since 1983, most notably no dig organic gardening, and since 2003 has developed ways to continuous-crop salad leaves. Discover his weed free no dig methods to achieve superb and time-saving results in both small and large garden areas. He sells produce from Homeacres bio-intensive and no dig garden, has written nine books on no dig and organic gardening, writes for national and international magazines, runs a YouTube channel, appears on TV and radio including BBC Gardeners World, and teaches extensively at home and abroad.

For answers to your questions about no dig, see the FAQs

You can listen to my growing story on podcasts one and two with Joe Lamp’l 2019.


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Benefits of no dig:  
 Few weeds, healthy soil and plants
 Saves time and watering
 Soil is firm, stable, aerated
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