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Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding

Charles is a pioneer of organic and no dig growing since 1983, and is increasingly famous for the outputs and beauty of his gardens. He has created and cropped four no dig, organic market gardens, on stony, silt and clay soils. His growing methods are as applicable in small areas as in large ones. Currently he crops an intensive quarter-acre in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables. He has written nine books, runs a busy You Tube channel, appears on BBC gardening programmes and teaches extensively at home and abroad.

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  1. Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary

    By Charles Dowding
    Introduction by Darina Allen

    An illustrated full-color gardener’s journal with perpetual diary—75% advice on how to grow great crops, 25% writing space for each day of the yeara manual to inform and inspire, from a no-dig pioneer and one of Britain's most trusted vegetable gardeners

    Use this journal year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside Charles Dowding’s suggestions for future reference.  Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season, and takes you through the annual cycle, from clearing weeds, feeding soil, and sowing to harvesting and storing vegetables.

    • Advice on sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home
    • Best sowing dates: seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late
    • Advantages of no dig: saving time, fewer weeds and bigger crops
    • How to maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing
    • How to feed soil just once a year, for strong and healthy growth
    • When and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce too

    Charles’ gardens are famous for the absence of weeds - “where is all the cheap labor you must be hiring?” is a common question on course days. Yet it’s a fact that untilled soil, with a humus-rich surface, germinates fewer pioneer weed seeds, as described by Professor Elaine Ingham. This and other natural principles will make your life a whole lot easier.

    The diary explains these methods and weaves them into a timeline of action, to increase your success rate. Good timing is good gardening! Book is most appropriate for zones 8/9, for other zones the dates need adapting: for example he has great feedback from zone 6 gardeners using his methods. And you can flesh out the detail with his You Tube videos, where over half the audience is North American.

    Spiral bound $24.95

    PUB DATE February 24, 2017

    PUBLISHER No Dig Garden

  2. No Dig Organic Home & Garden

    By Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty

    Winner of the Garden Media Guild (UK) Practical Book of the Year Award for 2017

    No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden, including how to:

    • Make compost and enrich soil

    • Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg

    • Harvest and prepare food year round

    • Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products, and garden preparations

    The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors’ combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round. An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.

    Paperback $24.95

    PUB DATE June 21, 2017

    PUBLISHER Permanent Publications