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Grow veg no dig Weds Feb 22nd Day course, full

22nd February 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


The second day course of 2017, to stimulate your enthusiasm and inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food. With plenty of advice on timings for sowings and all the other jobs.

Much of the course is indoors at this time of year, but in any decent weather there is also plenty to see in the garden, including overwintered veg, mulched beds ready to grow, the polytunnel salads, and greenhouse propagation, with a  steaming new hotbed.

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 one time, and thousands over the season (should you need to!). You will see how I use the hotbed of fresh horse manure, as one way of starting seedlings successfully, throughout spring. 

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 to grow healthier plants, with less pest and disease to worry about.

Nonetheless there are always pests such as birds and rabbits: I show ways to prevent damage. For example you will see the use of fleece covers for early plantings, which speed growth as well as keeping pests off.

Home acres courses are an opportunity to share time, in a group of no more than twelve people, with 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.


22nd February 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