No dig, a great way to grow

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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CharlesDowding
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This website is to inform, interest and encourage you to try no dig gardening. There is plenty of other advice too such as seasonal sowings and my 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 vegetable growing, with almost no weeds growing. 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 also share my passion and knowledge through international talks, courses and regular magazine articles, earning the Garden Media Guilds award ‘Practical Journalist of the Year, 2014’.


  • No dig abundance

    Nantes carrots from undug bed, 21 weeks after sowing

    Nantes carrots from undug bed, 21 weeks after sowing

    In undug, undisturbed soil the growth of vegetables and flowers is at least as good as when soil is cultivated, so you save a lot of time and effort for a similar result. And growth of weeds is much less, so again one is saving time.

    Key to having no weeds is a thorough, initial mulching of perennial weeds, for example you can see this in the monthly posts of 2013 which show how I created the garden here, from pasture which contained perennial weeds such as couch grass, which is now all gone.
    Also when planting crops such as asparagus, you read that ground must be thoroughly dug, even double dug according to the RHS. Yet look at the growth of mine here, in its third summer in undisturbed soil (crowns set in compost over the pasture and its weeds, in early 2013): I am looking forward to first harvests next spring. Continue reading →

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More heavy showers today but it looks better for next week, only cooler especially at night! Chance of ground frost, 
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Ideas for second plantings in summer, after 50kg harvests from this bed, see how it all looks in August https://t.co/QunLD0RaXZ 
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@mpaola @BackyardLarder yes its a mild flavour, for bread I prefer the black, which recipe asks for white? 
Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
@BackyardLarder its a white-seeded variety (Lokor I think), tastes good but shows up less on the crust!