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. I deliver twice weekly March-October, and once a week in winter, to local shops and restaurants, mostly in Bruton.
Keep clearing, mulching, preparing, no sowing yet
Homeacres garden in April 2013, clearing weeds and grass with mulches of compost, cardboard and polythene
New sowing timeline in Articles, the whole year at a glance.
The tools I recommend are available here and include a wooden, long-handled dibber, 84 cell module trays and also my books.
Article by Charles in the Saturday Telegraph of January 10th. Its about clearing and staying clear of weeds, by mulching and then a little-and-often approach as weeds try to regrow, if they do….
A new interview I gave with a succinct outline of the no dig approach http://www.buyfencingdirect.co.uk/gardening-spotlight-charles-dowding
Users: the recent change of platform for this site, from Drupal to WordPress, means that you need to register a new password, sorry there was no way to avoid this.
If you have a different email address to when you first registered, please email me and I can register you with the new one, assuming you want to keep your existing username.
Coping with winter and a look back at the weather of 2014
Mid-December updates, preparing at Homeacres for 2015.