Overwintered spinach and Broad bean plants
Mid March 2020, catch weeds tiny, set seedlings deep, sowing no dig, weather now live

12th March 2020 Featured, Spring

It’s mild weather here and growth is way ahead of normal. We have not yet finished pruning apple and pear trees, roses and penstemons. Plus new weeds are germinating. It’s time for that first ligh

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Some old seed is germinating badly, if at all.
March 2020 propagating, myth busting, weeding, mulch new beds, store vegetables

28th February 2020 Featured, Spring, Uncategorized

Early spring: March comes in like a lion, a little warmth of strong sunshine tempered by a lot of cold winds and nights. Then March goes out like a lamb, well let’s see! Stick to your known best

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Charles Dowding no dig salad plants already picked many times, February polytunnel
Mid February the sun is climbing, first sowings under cover, potato varieties, climate zones, Q & A

12th February 2020 Featured, Winter

I can feel the energy as daylight increases rapidly. In just one week here, we gain 23 minutes between sunrise and sunset, plus the sun’s arc is noticeably higher. For undercover sowings, this means

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Winter broccoli and parsley
February 2020, not spring yet, no dig compost, Q & A vegetable growing

26th January 2020 Featured, Winter

February, hold your horses. No sowing just yet. Make the first undercover sowings after mid month and even then no rush. Meanwhile here is a cheerful thought – If winter comes, can spring be far

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January 2020 plenty to see, eat and learn, mulch if you have not already

5th January 2020 Featured, Winter

ND3 New decade, no dig, no dogma. If you aren’t yet using the no dig method, now is a fine time to start – cover the weeds, feed the soil. Then you plant into compost, in early spring. See

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December 2019, no dig ease and success, harvests all year from good timings

5th December 2019 Featured, Winter

December 2019 The new gardening year is already underway, with winter’s simple and quick bed preparation of my no dig method. 1 Clear any plant residues and weeds – or if a lot of weeds la

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Towards winter 16th November, harvests, no dig microbiology results, frost hardy vegetables

16th November 2019 Autumn, Featured

A principle which always works well (for me since 1982) is to mulch the soil and feed soil life, after clearing last harvests in the autumn. Any decomposed organic matter is good to use, enough that t

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November 2019 clear asparagus, many hearts to harvest, sow broad beans, salads growing, make a bed

26th October 2019 Autumn, Featured

October was wet and November could be cold. I hope that frost won’t hurt some late harvests of fennel, which I want to cover with fleece. Most other autumn veg can stand light freezing, includin

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October 13th rain and no dig, compost making, last tomatoes, salad planting, Brussels sprouts

13th October 2019 Autumn, Featured

Autumn has brought 160mm/6.4in rain in three weeks, but thanks to no dig the water is draining away, and without leaching nutrients. Almost all beds at Homeacres have had no compost since last year, a

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October 2019 no dig plantings, make compost, harvests, book offer, Q/A

25th September 2019 Autumn, Featured

We pass from late summer to early winter in a short space of time, and since the weather is already making that shift, here are my tips on being ready for the cooler and darker months. My recent inter

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September 2019 sow again, interplants, brassica pests, mildew, no dig allotment, more pyralid damage

28th August 2019 Autumn, Featured

Often the weather flips in late August from summer to autumn, and this year is no exception. The last 7 days here had an average maximum temperature of 25C/77F, then next week’s forecast gives 19C/6

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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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