Course – No Dig Gardening at Ballymaloe, Ireland, May 18th
May 18 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
This day is part of the 6 week Sustainable Food Course, now in its fourth year and with students from around the world.
Ballymaloe is one of the few places that links food growing and eating.
Many talk about it, Ballymaloe do it. For example with a one acre greenhouse.
The afternoon of this day is in their fine market garden, now partly no dig. Lunch in the restaurant is included. `In the morning I give an illustrated talk, full of advice for gardening more easitly, and in tune with natural processes.
The 6 Week course teaches students how to build a viable future through food systems and culture. Teaching draws on the combined resources of Ballymaloe Cookery School, the 100 acre organic farm and a network which bridges knowledge gaps between cooking and farming in ways that can be sustained.
Participants on the 6 week course learn to:
- Re-think food systems and culture
- Re-learn how to live, cook and eat sustainably
- Re-define what is possible through resource efficiency and technology
My no dig day on 18th May begins with an illustrated talk about no dig growing. Why it works, how it saves time and effort, and how to begin.
I share advice on worthwhile crops to grow, ways to harvest, how to make and use compost.
How to reduce damage from pest and disease, simply and cheaply, through understanding how to grow healthy plants.
Health of soil and plants is key to what I teach and is not difficult when you understand the basics of how soil functions and is alive. Health is a positive state, much more than an absence of disease. I give you an easy to follow road map for successful harvests, with results that have even more value than the great food you will harvest.
Price and further details to follow.
Just wanted to thank you for the inspiration to experiment with no-dig, as I’ve tried it with amazing success in my container veg garden.
This is our first year of no dig and we are the envy of our fellow allotmenteers.
You Tube Plan video 15.12.19
A combination of your you tube channel, the books I have bought from you and following on Facebook, have completely turned my gardening life around. Thank you for being so inspirational, informational, educational and thought provoking over this last couple of years.
Steve Randles, Cumbria
I learned of you while studying organic gardening at a community college in San Antonio Texas. I have since followed you on social media. In my book you are the most inspirational horticulturalist for 2019!
I made the mistake of straying from your advice, and I tried “amending” my clay heavy soil in areas instead of continuing to add on compost with no-dig. This winter we’ve had a lot of rain and the only bed that has not flooded is the bed I left as no-dig! Now I know that digging around helps nothing, certainly not drainage. My no-dig bed absorbs the water like its nothing
Winter veg 27.1.20
Thank you so much for all the practical information, the exceptional food and the general sense of can-do, my favourite advice of all being ‘Alleviate your worries!’ I spent several enjoyable hours renovating a neglected bed of raspberries using compost and polythene, a job so daunting I had put it off for months. Am feeling very empowered.
After day course 12.2.20
No-dig is a life changing way to garden. I’ve fallen in love with my garden again. Thank you!
YouTube Beautiful Veg
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)
P25 R274 Ireland