No dig

Imagine producing an abundant garden of delicious vegetables without lifting a spade. Imagine putting organic, flavoursome food on the kitchen table in a way that saves you time, respects the environment and sustains the soil – the very lifeblood of the garden. This is all possible, even in small spaces, so why not give it a go?

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My advice is based on long experience of growing for market. enabling me to share tips such as seasonal sowings and fortnightly updates on what’s best to do now. To find out more why not come on a course, or you can learn online with my in-depth video course.

About me

I have spent 35 years learning and developing a no dig method of commercial, highly productive organic vegetable growing, with little weeding needed. Currently my  quarter acre of intensively cropped beds yield over a tonne of salad leaves every year, and vegetables for weekly boxes.

I’ve written seven books and produced many videos on caring for soil and growing vegetables. I share this passion and knowledge through international talks, courses and regular magazine articles, earning the Garden Media Guilds award ‘Practical Journalist of the Year, 2014’.

Trial update and other updates

See the 2015 results from my side-by-side comparison of dug and undug beds of the same size – yields were 96.6kg from dug soil and 101.4kg from undug soil, each with the same amount of compost.

I am receiving great feedback from allotmenteers who have adopted no dig, such as this from Andrew, in Comments to the Midwinter update below: 
“Having originally double dug my patches when I created them, which was back breaking, the quality of the tilth and worm activity since I switched to no dig  is amazing.  Thanks for all the advice.”

My next blog  will appear on 15th February and thereafter they are on 1st and 15th of each month.

Link to my article about starting no dig in Indie Farmer


  • Its been so mild this winter, so far, and now when the sowing green light appears, so do frosts! However the light levels are improving fast and under glass or polythene this means warmth by day. All the sowings I recommend here can tolerate freezing, even if they don’t profit from it, so while its worthwhile to warm the seeds I recommend sowing now, its not vital. Unless you sow tomatoes, but I recommend early March for that.

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