Weekend Course – No Dig Intensive 20th & 21st August
August 20 - August 21 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm £380
See the results and the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and larger scales. No dig empowers you the grower by freeing much time from chores like regular and large amounts of weeding, to creative and income-creating jobs such as sowing, planting and harvesting.
We also discuss how to grow a market, and to make a return on your time. Selling vegetables is a low profit business, you need to be up to speed on all aspects to make it pay.
I give advice on the most profitable vegetables to grow, sowing dates, and tips on picking and packing. You see Homeacres garden in full flow.
I explain details of salad growing and picking for sale. Salad plants vary between each season, and in winter there are many in the polytunnel. Also I show you washing and packing.
I explain the methods used here for compost making, and we see examples of compost at different stages in the compost bay. We also look at examples of bought compost and animal manures, and their attributes for growing, and costs.
I explain the value of becoming skilled at propagation, how little space you actually need to grow hundreds of plants at one time, and thousands over the season.
You learn time-saving tips in many aspects of growing, from watering and plant care, to weeding less and picking more. Yield per square metre is a key goal. We are discussing something difficult to achieve, profitability in growing veg.
The course is based on my experience of no dig growing since 1982, in four different market gardens, on soils ranging from stone brash to white clay.
Homeacres courses are an opportunity to learn from an acknowledged master of his craft.
Refreshments on Saturday and Sunday are all included, not least the fine lunch of home milled bread and more vegetable dishes than you normally see at one meal. All the vegetables come from the garden and are prepared on site by our chef Kate who also works in the garden part time.
We often arrange a pub meal in the village for the Saturday night depending on accommodation arrangements, if you choose to join in then we ask for you to cover this cost.
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 I’d 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