Charles’ wealth of growing experience has been captured across a range of books published by Green Books, Frances Lincoln, Permanent Publications and No Dig Garden, Charles’ own imprint. You can purchase books through the online store.
This book is half Charles, half Stephanie Hafferty his partner.
He takes you through the soil preparation and growing, compost making, seed saving, and trading/selling.
Steph adds to this and then reveals some of her famous recipes for vegetables of all different seasons. Plus she covers potion making from garden produce, growing edible flowers and preparing food to store.
Although I have been gardening professionally for 45 years, I found this book enlightening, thought provoking and immensely practical in equal measure. I am confident that if this were the first volume to grace the shelves of a gardening novice, it would be equally stimulating and useful, and would ensure a smooth start to a growing life. It does exactly what the title suggests it will do, and does it with clarity, humour and immense practicality.
RHS review in The Garden November 2017, by Jim Buckland of West Dean Gardens, Sussex
As well as being a perennial diary, this book has 120 pages of superb advice on growing and harvesting food, quickly and efficiently. It is the distillation of Charles’ life experience to this point (2016), is lavishly illustrated, and concentrates on saving time by doing your jobs at the best time.
Timely reminders all through the year will keep you on track for the best harvests yet.
And it’s not all about sowing times: there are best dates and methods for hoeing, harvesting, storing and feeding your soil.
It’s always good to have a reminder of what the main gardening tasks are month by month. But this diary does more than that. Even though I have been gardening for decades I can dive into this book and pick up gems of information never before encountered. Charles is a truly good gardener with an amazing willingness to share his knowledge.
Lynn on Amazon, June 2017
In this book I distil years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot — whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn — can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. The methodical advice is a great starting point for both beginners and experienced gardeners.
The book takes you step-by-step through:
* Planning and early stages
* Clearing the ground
* Mulch – what, why, how?
* Minimizing digging
* Sowing and planting across the seasons
* Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses
This book carries much of Charles’s personality with it:
he is meticulous, open and frank in communicating pros and cons, and thorough, rigorous and entertaining.
Mark Diacono, Gardens Illustrated February 2015
Just to say I LOVE your latest book. I’ve always appreciated the number of photos and simple explanations you use but this one, maybe because I’m a no dig mulcher from way back, ticked all the boxes for me!
Jan Lewis, New Zealand 2015
Conventional wisdom is difficult to question, even when it is misguided and contains many contradictions. Gardening has its share of such ‘myths’ – some with discernible origins in history, others that have become established for no obvious reason – and they often obscure simpler and easier methods of working. This delightfully illustrated book reveals how common sense triumphs and crops are more successful when these ‘rules’ are overturned.
A fascinating but practical book that will save the seasoned gardener time and give new gardeners heart.
“These days, garden writing based on a solid career’s worth of practical experience is rare indeed. Therein lies the value of this thought-provoking little book.”
Rory Dusoir, Gardens Illustrated[clearboth]
In this new full-colour edition of Organic Gardening, Charles Dowding shares the wealth of his experience, explaining his approach to soil and plants and revealing the range of techniques that have enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant crops for decades.
Based on this approach and his experience of a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Charles shows you how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to sow, plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases.
This book should be the first gardening book gardeners should refer to from their book shelves, an inspiration to the way we grow food at Hilltown today and an inspiration to so many others, and now a household name. Follow the principles of Charles Dowding no dig method, don’t disturb or compact the soil, feed the soil not the plant, keep the soil covered at all times and you will have great soil, healthy crops, few weeds, few pests, good soil structure, better yields.
Martin Godfrey on Facebook, 28/08/18
Charles Dowding, the master of no-dig gardening, developed his highly successful methods of vegetable growing through 30 years experience of growing and selling vegetables and extensive experiments. Through his courses at Lower Farm in Somerset and his three previous books, he has won a keen following. Beginners and experienced veg growers alike find that his methods work and that he opens their minds to new possibilities. Now he has distilled the essence of his courses and ideas into one book. In it you will find out how to grow vegetables the Charles Dowding way. Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course is both a straightforward guide to success and an inspiring source of ideas for achieving a more productive vegetable garden for less effort.
“Charles Dowding is my hero: his no-dig approach to growing has saved me hours of back-breaking work and improved my techniques no end. His tried and tested advice has been proven from years of successful veg production and it’s easy to see from the health and vitality of his plants that htis approach really works.”
Jane Perrone, The Guardian Gardening Blog[clearboth]
How to Grow Winter Vegetables shows that it is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. It also covers growing for the ‘hungry gap’ from April to early June.
Not much grows in winter, but a well-organised plot may nonetheless be quite full. You need to plan carefully, and well ahead (as early as spring) for sowing and planting at specific times through the year, so the main part of the book is an extensive month-by-month sowing, planting and growing calendar. Further sections cover harvesting, from garlic in July right through to the last of the overwintered greens in May, and storing your produce.
Many salads can be grown in winter, especially with a little protection from fleece, cloches or larger structures. The book includes a whole section on frost-hardy salad plants, explaining how to ensure harvests of fresh leaves throughout winter. The beauty of winter and its produce is captured in glorious photographs from the author’s garden.
Your Winter Growing book arrived and I had no idea it would be filled with such beautiful photos and with such high quality print. I encourage everyone who enjoys Charles wonderful channel to definitely purchase his books, they are magnificent and a wonderful way to thank him for all his work.
Bloodlinemedia on You Tube October 2018
“Whether you have years of gardening experience or are just at the novice stage there is so much to learn from this excellent book. It is a very well illustrated book with some wonderful colour photographs and will make an excellent reference book in your gardening library.”
Smallholder – September 2011[clearboth]