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Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary

No Dig, Healthy Soil, Fewer Weeds, 2nd Edition

By Charles Dowding
Introduction by Darina Allen

Categories:
Farm & Garden

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.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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.

AUTHOR VIDEOS

Charles Dowding: Organic Gardening

Salad Leaves for All Seasons with Charles Dowding

Salad Leaves for All Seasons with Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary

Pages:168 pages
Book Art:Full-color photographs throughout
Size: 7 x 9.25 inch
Publisher:No Dig Garden
Spiral bound: 9781527203440
Pub. Date February 24, 2017

Available In/Retail Price

Spiral bound, 168 pages, $24.95