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

  • Winter’s brief appearance and disappearance,  rabbits arrive, raising beds (or not), aerating compost with a metal corkscrew, root veg for winter abundance,  more on potting composts and peat alternatives,  whether to sow now or wait a little longer, midwinter growth of salads undercover and outdoors, pruning chilli plants to keep them growing next year.

    Homeacres experimental beds in January, dug bed on left and undug on right, same compost in each

    Homeacres experimental beds in January, dug bed on left and undug on right, same compost in each

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Returning to Alhampton after my talk in Devon last night, somehow my low Passat came through, steaming! 39mm in 14hr 
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RT @Seedysaturday1:@charlesdowding Northampton's community seed swap takes place 13th Feb free entry seeds, talks, stalls & more PL RT 
Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
@TheFlowerFarmer great news Georgie, and your lovely flower pic needs a veg friend 
Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
Nicely put and its a warming kind of communication