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Grow veg no dig, Sept. 20th day course, full

20th September 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


A day course to enthuse and and inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food.

The garden now has about a half of beds with perennial vegetables, fruit and vegetables planted in the spring, the other half with  second plantings made in summer. I explain how we propagate and plant all of these, and you learn examples of succession.

We check progress of various experiments, including the two beds of dig/no dig. Undercover, the polytunnel is full of summer vegetables, and salad seedlings are being propagated in the greenhouse, for cropping through winter.

We look at compost making, and examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. Also I show you examples of bought compost and animal manures, and I explain their benefits and uses.

In the greenhouse I demonstrate the value of becoming skilled at propagation, how little space you actually need to grow hundreds of plants at a time, and thousands over the season (should you need to!). 

You learn time saving tips in many aspects of growing, from watering and plant care, to less weeding, and increased harvests in relation to the time and space given. Yield per square metre is a key goal, to save time and effort.

The no dig approach underpins all my courses. Its the most fantastic and simple way to care for soil and all its inhabitants. They repay you by helping the growth of healthy plants, with less pest and disease to worry about.

Nonetheless there are often birds, insects and rabbits wanting our food: I show ways to prevent damage. For example you will see the use of mesh covers to keep pests off, and bird netting.

Homeacres courses are an opportunity to learn from  an acknowledged master of his craft.

Refreshments are all included, not least the fine lunch of home milled bread and more vegetable dishes than you normally see at one meal, crafted by Steph.

Sales of this course go to Charles and Steph’s No Dig partnership.


20th September 2017
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Charles Dowding
01749 860292


Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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01749 860292