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No dig weekend intensive course, full

25th February 2017 @ 10:00 am - 26th February 2017 @ 3:15 pm


You learn the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and on a larger scale. Together with this, we discuss how to grow a market and to make a return on your time.

I give advice on the most profitable vegetables to grow, sowing dates, and tips on picking and packing . Its a full-on weekend when you see Homeacres garden with some overwintered vegetables, but most beds now empty and mulched with the annual dressing of compost. This is the principle addition of fertility, by wheelbarrow, possible in all weathers.

We look at compost making, and the examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. Also we look at examples of bought compost and animal manures, and their value for growing, and costs.

I explain 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, and you will see the new 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 weeding less, and picking more. Yield per square metre is a key goal. We are discussing something difficult to achieve, profitability in growing veg.

All is based on my experience of no dig growing since 1982, in four different market gardens, on soils ranging from stone brash to white clay. The course is a fine opportunity to share time, in a group of no more than ten people, with an acknowledged master of his craft.

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

If you need a mattress, we can provide that – bring a sleeping bag and pillow. Otherwise check the b&b recommendations at the bottom of the Course page.

For more details on what is covered please see my Courses page.



25th February 2017 @ 10:00 am
26th February 2017 @ 3:15 pm
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Charles Dowding
01749 860292


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