August 2019 summer winds down, open day, no dig transformation, insect problems, new no dig beds, onions

11th August 2019 Featured, Summer

Writing this in a thunderstorm, our first substantial rain for two months of lovely warmth, over 40mm so far and 46mm in the end (1.9in) in four hours. All soaked in, watering finished for 2019 except

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August 2019 new sowings, planting tips, seed saving, pest protection, onions, tomatoes, pyralids

28th July 2019 Featured, Summer

Be ready with seeds of this month’s top sowings; spinach, salad rocket, mustards, pak choi, land cress, spring onions and spring cabbage. August can be a second spring in the garden, when it rains.

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July 2019 harvest-clear-replant, no dig success against pests, clean paths, identify aminopyralid damage

1st July 2019 Featured, Summer

Be prepared for everything: picking planting sowing weeding watering pests heat. Give as much time as you can now, for best results later. June here was much less hot than across the Channel. Our aver

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Californian poppies at Homeacres
June update 2019 new sowings, harvests, making compost, no dig flowers, more on aminopyralid

15th June 2019 Featured, Summer

Is cool and damp better than hot and dry? Last year we were short of moisture, this year we are deprived of warmth and light. I preferred last year! Mostly you can add water, but can’t add warmth. T

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Interplants beans and fennel
June 2019 no dig trials, new polytunnel, garlic harvests, interplanting, pyralid problems in composts

31st May 2019 Featured, Summer, Uncategorized

Summer begins now, but don’t bank on too much fine weather this summer is my hunch. The soil is dry here at the moment and plants look well except for rusty garlic outside: garlic and leek rust is e

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Fleece over new planting of squash
Mid May 2019, plant out and sow more, garden open, new polytunnel, podcasts, perennial weeds, aminopyralid

15th May 2019 Featured

Summer is coming and it can be a mad rush, now that we can finally plant out frost tender plants. It may also be a question of finding space for them all! Of earlier plantings, my greatest success thi

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Charles potting cucumber seedlings
May 2019 spring garden beware late frosts, potting on, small spaces, perennial veg

30th April 2019 Featured, Spring

At last it’s May, a wonderful month. Just go steady though with plantings of any frost sensitive plants, be aware of your last frost date. For example it is almost freezing as I write this, and we a

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Small garden no dig, spring
April update, warmth loving veg, no dig cropping and weed plus slug control, small garden

18th April 2019 Featured, Spring

A season change is happening and most of us can make new sowings undercover of vegetables that need summer warmth to germinate and grow. The frequency of cold nights is reducing but you need to know y

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Aerial view no dig beds Charles Dowding
April 2019 sowing and planting, no dig advice and dealing with weeds

28th March 2019 Featured, Spring

Early spring can be deceptive, with the temporary warmth of strong sunshine, yet with cold winds. Stick to your known best times for sowing, and don’t be tempted to sow earlier. For example I have n

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Charles uses trowel to plant potato no dig
March update 2019 – sow, plant, winter veg, new online course

12th March 2019 Featured, Spring

12th March and the weather has been wild, the famous March lion, so I look forward to quieter conditions soon – a full moon on the equinox may initiate a shift! We had a gust of 63mph on 10th an

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March 19 sowings, online course, no dig, rocket

23rd February 2019 Featured, Winter

It feels like an early spring here, yet it’s still winter, just! Choosing what to sow and plant becomes confused when the seasons go out of order, and generally it’s best to stick with the dates y

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Mulched no dig beds and paths Homeacres
January 2019 myths about no dig, events, winter jobs and food

18th January 2019 Featured, Winter

Charles' update of seasonal garden jobs which is mainly mulching at this time of year, some winter harvests too, and no sowing yet!

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