Imagine an abundant garden of delicious vegetables, created 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 lifeblood of the garden. This is all possible, even in small spaces, so why not give it a go?
“Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener who grows vegetables of amazing flavour” Raymond Blanc
My advice is based on long experience of growing and has many time-saving tips. A unique sowing timeline, and fortnightly updates on what’s best to do now are two examples. To find out more why not come on a course, or you can learn online with my in-depth video course.
“The country’s best writer on organic vegetable growing, thank you for your advice.” Rosie Boycott
I have spent 35 years learning and developing a no dig method of commercial 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 a wholefood shop, pub and a few weekly boxes.
Since 2006 I have 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’.
New videos, module tray offer, Trial update
Gardeners World magazine (March 2016) feature my work as one of their 25 “key moments that have changed gardening forever”, in the 25 years since the magazine started.
There are some current-year results from one of my growing trials, see this. already 40+kg from each bed. Also on the page are 2015’s results from the side-by-side comparison of dug and undug beds of the same size – yields in 2015 were 96.6kg from dug soil and 101.4kg from undug soil, each with the same amount of compost.
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A question from my inbox: “I’ve not seen mentioned how Charles continues to keep his gardens thriving. Is it just adding more compost? Does he fertilize?”
The answer is
- no fertilisers
- one application of compost, mostly in early winter. Compost is soil food, storing nutrients until plants ask for them, mediated by soil life such as mycorrhizal fungi, which thrive in undug soil.
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This old rose has found a new lease of life in compost-mulched soil with its 3yr old lily friend… https://t.co/vfIRm2FxsP