No dig

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?

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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.

About me

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 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’.

News and Trial update 

Its exciting times for no dig as more gardeners retire their fork or spade. 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.

No. 20 of Gardeners World 25 'key moments'

No. 20 of Gardeners World 25 ‘key moments’

There are some 2016 results from my growing comparison of vegetables in dug and undug beds,  see this and 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.

Links to my article about starting no dig in Indie Farmer and to a piece on saving time.


  • Its still that amazing time when growth is so willing, just as crops begin to mature and before some of the lushness turns less exuberant. Watch for yellowing of first early potatoes which are ready when about one third yellow-leaved at the bottom. Some of them do not flower so there is no need to wait for that.

    Weeds should not be a problem if you did your preparation last winter, and can do a small weekly weed now. But if, say, you took on a weedy allotment this year and are struggling to keep up with weeds, I would consider a polythene mulch on some parts at least, see http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/no-dig-growing/no-dig-growing-preparation/ for ideas.

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Rocket first earlies and Apache (pink) second earlies #nodig 9lb from 2x4ft rows https://t.co/aLecVGy0fE 
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@numero182pescia thanks for showing this and they look very fine!