Welcome to the website of Charles Dowding, innovative gardener, author of seven books on caring for soil and growing vegetables. I also share knowledge through talks, courses and regular magazine articles which won me the award of 2014 Garden Media Guilds ‘Practical Journalist of the Year’.
The site shows productive ways to grow food, and with less weeding, using a lovely way of caring for soil – undug and with a light covering of compost on top, based on my experience of growing vegetables without tillage for thirty years. There is more information in my courses, books, talks and videos.
Homeacres is a small, intensive market garden, ideal for teaching, trialling and producing above all. From 900 square metres of beds, there is a steady supply of vegetables and especially salad leaves. With help from Steph in the time-consuming picking and packing, I deliver twice weekly March-October, and once a week in winter, to local shops and restaurants, mostly in Bruton.
Using fleece, tips on sowing and planting in dry conditions, spring salad harvest, trial update, interplanting, plant raising and pests
Salads in the polytunnel March 26th, have been cropping since November
Open afternoons here on Sunday June 7th and Sunday September 6th, see Events calendar.
See my sowing timeline in Articles (under Learn banner), the whole year at a glance.
Course dates here, new ones for autumn too, and a weekend/market gardening course on August 29th/30th.
video about my course days, I love Laurnece’s comment about the birdsong. I am a little deaf to high notes and had not appreciated it!
The tools I recommend are available here and include a wooden, long-handled dibber, 84 cell module trays and also my books.
Seeds, how likely are they to grow, where are they from? Some interesting results from a survey by a consumer organisation here.
New website for rock dust with many interesting reports of its results from gardeners all over the UK.
New book on Lunar & Biodynamic Gardening by Matt Jackson, pub. CICO Books. Illustrated with photos from many gardens including Homeacres, and gorgeous ones from Hazelrowan Wood in Devon. And my article in Ecohustler, which includes a look at biodynamic growing.
Have a look at Sean James Cameron’s gardening videos “Practical down to earth gardening advice showing the positive side of allotment life. Covering veg, fruit, herbs and during this year far more patio flowers.”
Sowing tips for different seeds and composts, first plantings, watch for and deal with new weed seedlings, mulching perennial weeds, growth of winter salads, new vegetables Continue reading
Sowing, spinach, potting composts, providing warmth with a hotbed, dishes of winter vegetables, mulching allotments, Homeacres compost loo Continue reading
What to sow now, some into modules and some in trays for pricking out, seeds or sets for onions, preparing no dig beds for planting, winter veg to eat now, winter salads, a shed for Homeacres compost loo, and our trip to Dublin.