The video below is a tour of this site, to help you find the information about  growing high yields of vegetables, in less time.
Create a garden  quickly and easily. Learn to grow organic, flavoursome food. Discover straightforward methods which are  as useful in small spaces as on weedy allotments.

Visit Homeacres no dig garden (quarter acre/1000 sq. m of veg beds) on Charles Dowding You Tube channel, over 1,000,000 video views. They include clearing and replantingharvesting potatoes and onions, and the whole 3/4 acre during July 2016 in this beautiful film. There are videos about my trials to compare growth and harvests from dig/no dig, different composts, and varied plant rotation. And most importantly, about clearing weeds without digging using option 1 or option 2, and clarifying no dig, the annual soil feed.

 Below is a fast potato harvest, no dig style, no fork or spade needed, potatoes grown without any soil disturbance and the tubers develop in surface compost. Homeacres July 2016, Charles with Felix helping:

My perennial Diary for Veg Gardeners has 168 pages packed with information for the keen vegetable grower. One quarter is an any-year diary, to write your top dates for sowing, weeding, mulching and harvesting. Gardeners are using it to plan their season ahead, and it’s good to buy at any time, for the advice right through all seasons. Now available in the US.

The Sunday Times of 4th December 2016 recommends Charles' diary book

The Sunday Times of 4th December recommends Charles’ diary book

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener who grows vegetables of amazing flavour” Raymond Blanc

Save time and money

Homeacres west side September 2016. most veg growing are second crops after summer harvests, quick to do, no ground preparation, few weeds

PracticalJournalistOfTheYear

My advice is based on 35 years growing. I offer time-saving tips, such as a unique Sowing timeline, and fortnightly updates on what’s best to do now. To find out more, come on a course, or learn online with my in-depth video course

Your no dig garden is truly inspirational” Darina Allen, Ballymaloe

About me

The country’s best writer on organic vegetable growing, thank you for your advice.” Rosie Boycott

Alys Fowler 11.02.2017, in her discussion about instagram, writes:

“Charles Dowding’s account is perfection in the art of teaching online. The king of salads and no-dig gardening has cracked Instagram. You will learn an awful lot about vegetables; consider it one of your five a day”

Charles with his longest parsnip of 2016, no dig, in Guardian 11.2.17

I have spent 35 years learning and developing a no dig method of commercial organic vegetable growing, with little weeding. Currently the  quarter acre of intensively cropped beds yield 1.2 tonnes salad leaves every year, and vegetables too, for restaurants and shops in Bruton, Pilgrims pub and a few weekly boxes.

I have written nine books and produced videos on caring for soil and growing vegetables. I share my knowledge and discoveries through international talks, courses, tv, radio and regular magazine articles, earning the Garden Media Guilds award ‘Practical Journalist of the Year, 2014’.

News, Gardeners World, module 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.

No. 20 of Gardeners World 25 'key moments'

No. 20 of Gardeners World 25 ‘key moments’

BBC Gardeners World filmed here in 2016, for a programme to be screened in 2017, about my organic and no dig approach. We remember the Gardeners World programme at my first market garden in 1988, with Geoff Hamilton, at a time when organic was still new and unaccepted. 

Gardeners World Beechgrove Garden trialled no dig veg growing “and it was a great success. The veg in the undug beds were larger, healthier looking and produced greater yields than their traditionally dug counterparts. We’ll be doing that again.” (Mairi Rattray, Gardeners World magazine January 2017).

 see this for 2016 results from one of my growing trials:harvests were 99.58kg from the dug bed and 109.57kg from the undug. Scroll down for previous year’s results from the  same beds, of equal size – yields in 2015 were 96.6kg from dug soil and 101.4kg from undug soil, each with the same amount of compost.

This Farmerama podcast has details of another trial I run, about the effects of forking to loosen soil.

For module trays, Plant Pots Direct are offering a 15% discount with the code charlesdowding15

Check my article about starting no dig in Indie Farmer, and this on saving time.


  • Hooray let’s go. Undercover to start with, because outside it’s still vegetable winter, see the amazing differences between spring, summer and winter. I make no outdoor sowings before mid March, except for broad (fava) beans.

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