Course – Grow Veg No Dig, full
September 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £165
I explain and illustrate my no dig principles, so you learn how to create a productive garden yourself, even when a beginner. Weeds are often a major problem but clever mulching allows your plot to stay clear of them, including couch grass and bindweed. This saves time, reduces slug damage and makes everything more enjoyable. Especially weeding.
Experienced gardeners learn many time-saving methods and see ways to increase the growth and health of their plants.
Preparing ground and making new beds is possible at any time. I use Homeacres garden to illustrate the joys of no dig growing and how abundant it can be. There is plenty to learn from what is growing, both outside plus in the greenhouse and polytunnel.
September follows the second spring of August plantings. You see the second plantings growing, and some still ready to plant, including salads for the polytunnel and greenhouse. I explain about interplanting.
Part of the course is about compost making, using the examples of my composting process here. Which ingredients are good to use, in what proportions, how big a heap to have, whether it needs to get hot, how long to leave it and whether turning is worthwhile. Then a look at assessing the readiness of compost, when to spread it and how to deal with the weed seeds.
In addition we look at other types of compost and the best ones to buy, plus how long you may or may not need to keep them in a heap before spreading.
You learn the details and simplicity of surface composting to feed both soil and plants for a whole year, in one dressing and with no other plant feeds needed.
Finally we look at propagation and I show you composts, module trays, sowing methods and suggest timings. You see the greenhouse has seed and module trays benefiting from its sheltered environment and pest protection. There will be seedlings of lettuce, chicory, kale rocket and mustards, for winter salads.
For more details on what is covered please see my Courses page.
Our price includes VAT, lunch and all refreshments.
I started this method four years ago and I wish Id known about it decades earlier. We had just bought a big rototiller to start all of our beds before I discovered no dig and ended up selling it. This method works very very well and for very little effort or money.
Fantastic Value is the comment I heard over and over again by attendees of your Nottingham talk. Thank you for giving us such a fulsome and lengthly talk with lovely photos
I have learned so much from watching your videos. You’re an excellent teacher — concise and generous at the same time. You helped rekindle my love of growing food. Thank you!
I can’t stop watching these videos. Far better than any gardening programme on television. Now I just need to get a garden of my own!
I started no dig after coming across Charles’ You Tube videos and deciding to give the weed supression “hocus pocus” a go with some well rotted compost I had. I spread this on some rose beds and another flower bed that would take me a total of about 3 hours to weed once a month, prolific deep weeds on a heavy clay base. I could not believe the results. Weeds did come up but 15 mins of hoeing and all gone and now hardly any….plus the roses and plants looked the best they have for seven years. I was totally bitten!!!
“Many thanks for making the journey to Sheffield last week, and providing such a fantastic and stimulating talk for our audience. Everyone loved it!”
Gareth Roberts of Regather
Sheffield’s Festival of Debate Talk Attendee
“Charles has become the guru of no dig gardening. He’s a really good grower, organic, has fabulous produce and we went down to Somerset to see how he does it…. I’m a convert now, I want to dig as little as possible.”
BBC Gardeners World
I came on a course last August, and it has given me so much direction and understanding in my gardening thinking. And your updates through the winter are an absolute tonic.
@charles_dowding has changed my life! I tried for so many years to grow veg, read loads of books and just made a lot of slugs very happy. In 2016 I decided to give it one last try before packing it in. I religiously followed his book, sticking to exactly the varieties he recommended. I followed his sowing times on the monthly Newsletter and the difference in what I can grow has been phenomenal! Having regular pickings of salads like this at this time of year used to be a far off dream!
Kat Hall (@there.she.grows)
Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
BA4 6PZ United Kingdom