Day Course – No Dig – Wednesday 11th August, fully booked
August 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £195
A day course to enthuse and inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food.
There is now plenty to see in the garden, almost fully planted. We check progress of various experiments, including the two beds of dig/no dig. Undercover, the polytunnel is full of summer vegetables, and many seedlings are still being propagated in the greenhouse.
You will learn a vast amount in one day, about all aspects of growing for food, and gardening generally. These courses open the door to your growing more food in less time, and with more enjoyment.
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.
I explain the details of surface composting to feed both soil and plants for a whole year, in one dressing and with no other plant feeds needed. We shall check progress in the new land and see how the different mulches are working.
In the greenhouse I demonstrate the value of becoming skilled at propagation, how little space you actually need to grow hundreds of plants at a time, and thousands over the season (should you need to!). We look at module trays, compost, sowing methods and suggest best timings.
You learn time saving tips in many aspects of growing, from watering and plant care, to less weeding, and increased harvests in relation to the time and space given. Yield per square metre is a key goal, to save time and effort.
The no dig approach underpins all my courses and has experienced a huge surge in interest over the past year. It is the most fantastic and simple way to care for soil and all its inhabitants. They repay you by helping the growth of healthy plants, with less pest and disease to worry about.
Nonetheless there are often birds, insects and rabbits wanting our food: I show ways to prevent damage. For example, you will see the use of fleece covers for early plantings, which speed growth as well as keeping pests off.
Homeacres courses are an opportunity to learn from an acknowledged master of his craft, in a group of no more than twelve people. We have taken a number of steps to ensure a Covid safe environment for our course attendees, please email [email protected] for more details.
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)
Somerset, BA4 6PZ