Charles potting cucumber seedlings
May 2019 spring garden beware late frosts, potting on, small spaces, perennial veg

30th April 2019 Featured, Spring

At last it’s May, a wonderful month. Just go steady though with plantings of any frost sensitive plants, be aware of your last frost date. For example it is almost freezing as I write this, and we a

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Small garden no dig, spring
April update, warmth loving veg, no dig cropping and weed plus slug control, small garden

18th April 2019 Featured, Spring

A season change is happening and most of us can make new sowings undercover of vegetables that need summer warmth to germinate and grow. The frequency of cold nights is reducing but you need to know y

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Aerial view no dig beds Charles Dowding
April 2019 sowing and planting, no dig advice and dealing with weeds

28th March 2019 Featured, Spring

Early spring can be deceptive, with the temporary warmth of strong sunshine, yet with cold winds. Stick to your known best times for sowing, and don’t be tempted to sow earlier. For example I have n

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Charles uses trowel to plant potato no dig
March update 2019 – sow, plant, winter veg, new online course

12th March 2019 Featured, Spring

12th March and the weather has been wild, the famous March lion, so I look forward to quieter conditions soon – a full moon on the equinox may initiate a shift! We had a gust of 63mph on 10th an

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Small garden (4) June, growth of spring plantings and planning for summer

4th December 2018 Small Garden, Spring, Summer, Videos

How spring plantings coped with a cold, wet April followed by a warm, dry May. Clearing spring harvests to make way for summer plantings of beans, kale, carrots, leeks and salads.

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How to grow radish multisow or direct for fast harvests spring and autumn

4th December 2018 Autumn, Sowing, Spring, Videos

A re-release after the first upload of May 2017 disappeared from my YouTube channel. The same video, filmed and edited by Edward Dowding February to April, starting with multisowing the seeds in modul

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Small Garden (3) in April 2018, how winter unfolded and new, spring plantings

4th December 2018 Small Garden, Spring, Videos

Homeacres small garden of 25sqm/270sqft, no dig and compost-mulched. See the evolution of this space through a year of planting and picking a wide range of vegetables and herbs, with little weeding ne

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Ways to grow and pick broad beans, showing results of sowing both autumn and spring

4th December 2018 Autumn, Sowing, Spring, Videos

Broad or FAVA beans are a hardy vegetable which tolerates some frost. In my garden, zone 8 climate with average winter lows of -6 to -8C/20F, broad beans get their roots down in autumn and sit quietly

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May 15th 2018 planting, picking leaves, weed thoroughly, plant supports, removing covers, compost quality

16th May 2018 Spring

May is proving way sunnier than April, as spring merges into summer. However there are still cool nights – we are forecast a ground frost on 18th. I hope you are enjoying some fine leafy harvest

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May 2018 uncover beds, potting compost & no dig trials, sowing & planting

30th April 2018 Spring

We can hope for better weather in May… after the least sunny April I have ever recorded. Temperatures however were close to normal, thanks to the cloud cover keeping nights mild and frost-free. Soon

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April 2018 mid month: propagation, planting tips, make compost, weather damage, picking salad leaves

15th April 2018 Spring

The first two weeks of April here were more like December, in terms of light levels. However after the new moon tonight (15th-16th) and it’s associated rain, there is a change to ten days of warmer

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April 2018 planting size, plants that survive winter, seeds not emerging, slug advice, no dig drainage

30th March 2018 Spring

It’s the weather stupid! April is starting very wet here, cold and even colder to the north. We are late with outdoor sowings and plantings, I have not even sown parsnips yet. This blog looks at way

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