Latest news from Charles

Pyralid poisoning
I receive emails almost every day with reports of pyralid poisoning.  It is so disheartening for all when you purchase a compost in good faith and then find it damages your efforts in producing food.  This is especially difficult for new gardeners who may not have heard of this problem.  If you find notably stunted growth or curling of the new growth points, not the older leaves, it may be due to pyralid poisoning.  Please do report any problems to [email protected] and [email protected] headed “Pyralid contamination”.
New Book Title – Charles Dowding’s No Dig Gardening – From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly
We are pleased to announce that Charles’s new book is available to pre-order and will be out on 20th August.
Compared to other books by Charles, this one has much more about no dig, compost and compost making, and using compost. There is also a history of no dig vegetable gardening in the last hundred years. “I want you to understand the context, and the reasons why no dig has not been much valued until recently, and why it is now”.  With 85,000 words and 900 photographs, this is a highly detailed resource for anyone wishing to learn and garden with the no dig method.  Shop here
Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary now available in digital format, 2021 Calendar coming soon
We are pleased to announce the the popular Diary is now available in digital format.  Within the eBook it’s also possible to listen to a spoken word version (sadly not Charles), and increase font size.  We hope to offer more of Charles’s work in a digital format in the future.  The 2021 Calendar will be available in September both as a physical calendar and a digital one, and we shall announce here when it is available.  To purchase the digital Diary please follow this link, priced at £4.99. Shop here
Restarting our Courses at Homeacres – Our Covid Secure Policy

Our first course since Covid is on Saturday 8th August.  For all our course attendees we will ensure you are in a safe environment for you to enjoy the day.

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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.
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.

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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