Each week of the growing season has Charles’ favourite sowing dates for each vegetable, at their best times of year. Every date is based on decades of fine tuning, with his expert observations and learning.
- Use these dates to help you enjoy a regular supply of fresh produce through all four seasons.
As well as sowing dates, Charles has added a brief vegetable growing summary for every month, to help you keep on track.. Plus there are pages about the benefits of no dig, where to buy seeds, and which varieties to sow.
The calendar sowing dates are for a Zone 8b climate in southern UK. You can use this calendar in different climates, with a little adjustment to the dates. If your climate is cooler, sow later by 1-4 weeks in spring, then sow a week or two earlier in summer and autumn, from the solstice onwards.
No Dig Gardening
Compared to my other books, this one has much more about no dig, compost and compost making, and using compost. There is also a history of no dig vegetable gardening in the last hundred years. I want you to understand the context, and the reasons why no dig has not been much valued until recently, and why it is now.
Plus there is a chapter on site evaluation and planning your layout, and a whole section on clearing weeds by mulching, with all the associated details.
Although the book is not a manual of vegetable growing, it has two chapters with detailed planting plans for small spaces. These are based on what I grew there in successive seasons together with the results, and how no dig helped to achieve these results. For the 25m2/270ft2 small garden, there are two years’ of planting plans, and tables of the subsequent harvests.
I use the results of my Homeacres trials to help you understand how no dig works, and the value of different composts. I also question and demonstrate the need, or not, to grow vegetables in a different place each year.
This book is based around the written content and photos of my no dig online course. It has 19 chapters, covering the key methods and wonderful results of no dig.
From starting with weeds, to sowing and planting straightaway and cropping soon after that.
You learn how to:
- Use no dig on different soil types
- Ask questions and recognise gardening myths, to save time and unnecessary effort
- Create and look after beds and paths, with a whole lesson on paths and their value.
- Recognise and massively reduce the different types of weeds
- Understand and use different types of mulch or soil cover
- Know the differences between soil, compost and different types of compost
- Make your own compost
- Grow an abundance of vegetables using the no dig method. There are growing plans for one bed and for the small garden, with photos and tables to illustrate the results.
Each lesson is comprehensively illustrated, with time-sequences of captioned photos from Charles’ highly productive gardens. Lessons finish with a multiple choice quiz to consolidate learning.
This is a highly detailed resource for anyone wishing to learn and garden with the no dig method.
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