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?

All round advice


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’.

  • Another year of stunning growth, helped by a balance of fair and wet weather. The current sunshine shows the importance of light for healthy growth. Also the recent dry weather has been good for hoeing weeds, although in my undug garden there have been very few germinating since April: one of the many virtues of surface composting as the only soil preparation.

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Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
It feels autumnal harvesting these veg today, and the first celeriac, Mars, showing promise 
Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
@HennyStDave no compost added now, once a year is enough, in May before planting for summer - also no feeds or fertiliser at all, saves time 
Charles Dowding  @charlesdowding
@stesmi0756 yes its a great space, 12x25ft, and good luck with all your jobs