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September 2017

Grow veg no dig, Sept. 23rd day course, full

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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,…

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October 2017

Grow veg no dig, Oct.4th day course 2 places

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden, find out how he does this. A good time to learn about winter cropping, from the examples you see.

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Grow veg no dig, October 14th day course 1 place

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden. A good time to learn about winter cropping, from the examples you see. Plus about being prepared for next year, the methods of mulching.

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November 2017

Charles at the Scottish flower growers’ conference, Edinburgh

November 6 @ 10:30 am

A conference on growing flowers in Scotland, at  Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL I am speaking on growing without soil disturbance, no dig. Soil care for healthy plants.

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No dig weekend intensive course, full

November 11 @ 10:00 am - November 12 @ 3:15 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£245

Learn from Charles Dowding at Homeacres, how he grows vegetables and some fruit in a highly productive way, and how he sells the vegetables too. An intensive weekend of no dig, organic growing.

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Talk on no dig gardening. Link-Up Gardening Club Nov 15th

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Village Hall, Kingston St Mary
Taunton, TA28HW United Kingdom
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I explain clearing weeds with mulches, and keeping the garden weed free. Extra compost for vegetables, less for flowers which also love undug soil. How to make nice compost and now is a good time to spread it. My books for sale too.

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No dig weekend intensive, full

November 18 @ 10:00 am - November 19 @ 3:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£245

Sorry sold out, the next weekend course is the following weekend 25th-26th, then in February then March, posting soon. 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…

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No dig weekend intensive, 10 places

November 25 @ 10:00 am - November 26 @ 3:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£245

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 beds now cleared and mulched for next year, others full of harvests to come. Compost is the principle addition…

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January 2018

Talk in Hereford

10th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. Charles explains how he makes, buys and uses compost of different kinds. How to clear perennial weeds with mulches, including couch grass and bindweed. How to maintain a no dig plot, with an annual mulch of compost. You see photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts and no rotation. As…

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Northern tour Jan 30th-Feb 5th 2018

30th January 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5th February 2018 @ 10:00 pm

I am giving several talks on no dig gardening and growing healthy veg, starting in York on 30th January with a talk to the students at Askham Bryan College. Then in the evening I am speaking in the city at St Saviourgate Methodist Church. From there I have talks arranged in Durham on 31st, Perth on 2nd February, Aberdeen (Newton Dee Camphill Village) and in Greenock near Glasgow on 3rd, Ordshall Hall Salford on 4th and Lytham St Annes near Blackpool…

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Talk in York, no dig gardening 30th January 7.30pm

30th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Central Methodist Church St Saviourgate, St Saviourgate
York, YO18NQ United Kingdom
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£3 - £5

Organised by St Nicks. We are very excited that Charles has accepted our invitation and is coming to York as part of his Northern tour. His methods synchronise nicely with the One Planet Living principles which St Nicks promotes, so we shall give him a warm welcome in York. And please help spread the word. Doors open from 7pm, refreshments are available. Charles explains and illustrates no dig gardening, and how it helps to grow more food with less effort, in a…

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Talk in Durham 31st January

31st January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn
Durham, DH65AT
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On my northern tour, I am speaking on no dig gardening, growing great vegetables at the Bowburn Community Cantre. Organised by Liz Charles of Durham Community Action and Food Durham.

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February 2018

Talk on organic, no dig gardening in Perth, 2nd February

2nd February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Craigclowan Preparatory School, Edinburgh Road
Perth, PH28PS United Kingdom
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£5

I am speaking on no dig gardening and growing great vegetables naturally. For me the most important part of organic is often overlooked: soil life. I have seen certified-organic holdings where the soil is rotovated to death! No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed with no dig, and the benefits you then enjoy.

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Talk on No Dig at Greenock nr. Glasgow PA16 8TT 3rd February 8pm

3rd February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Caddlehill Allotments, Kelly Street
Greenock, PA168TT
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£7

At the Allotment Clubhouse at the top of Kelly Street in Greenock ; Caddlehill Allotments and Gardens Kelly Street Greenock PA16 8TT OS Grid Reference: NS 2689 76193 We have put the start time as being 19:30 to allow everyone to get seated before the BIG SHOW.

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Charles’ talk at Ordshall Hall, Salford 4th February, 6pm

4th February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ordsall Hall, Ordsall Lane
Salford, Lancs M53an United Kingdom
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£6

A talk on no dig gardening and growing great veg more easily, at this lovely venue near Manchester http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/ordsall-hall

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Talk on no dig in Lytham St Annes, 5th February

5th February 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Methodist Hall, Park Street
Lytham St Annes, FY85LU United Kingdom
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£6

I am speaking on no dig gardening and growing great vegetables naturally. No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed, and the benefits you then enjoy. Fully illustrated with the results from my garden, and how I set out from a weedy pasture. Ticketed event for Mythop Rd Allotment Association, and others if space allows. Apply for tickets to the address below.

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Talk on no dig organic gardening, Broadhembury, Devon

7th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village/memorial hall, Broadhembury
Honiton, EX14 3NG
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I cover all the main themes, the reasons for and advantages of no dig, and why no other plant foods are needed, once soil is fed with compost/organic matter, and left undisturbed.

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Day seminar at West Dean College, Simplifying the rules Sat. 17th Feb. 10-3

17th February 2018 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
West Dean College, West Dean
North Chichester, West Sussex PO18 0QZ United Kingdom
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Easier ways to a successful vegetable and fruit garden 1 Save time with quicker methods A look at many misunderstandings which have a common theme: they waste the gardener’s time, from digging and washing pots to making large planting holes and separating bindweed roots from other compost ingredients. I explain how these misunderstandings have arisen and illustrate quicker ways to achieve the desired result of healthy, happy plants, which includes sowing vegetable seeds at the best and most efficient dates.…

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Guardian masterclass with Charles, Alys Fowler and Hollie Newton, in London

18th February 2018 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Guardian, 90 York Way
London, N19GU United Kingdom
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£103.46

Fascinating say of three parts and lunch included, advice on growing food in small and larger spaces, salads and no dig.

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March 2018

Talk to NVS Surrey 14th March

14th March 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
E. Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Av, E Horsley
Leatherhead, Surrey KT246QT United Kingdom
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In the Main Hall of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT for 8pm.  East Horsley Village Hall is lovely, very close to RHS Garden Wisley. Talk title tbc.

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April 2018

No dig: save time, fewer weeds, healthy plants

25th April 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Minster School, Nottingham Road,
Southwell, Notts NG25 0LG United Kingdom
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An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. Charles explains how he makes, buys and uses compost of different kinds. How to clear perennial weeds with mulches, including couch grass and bindweed. How to maintain a no dig plot, with an annual mulch of compost. You see photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts and no rotation. As…

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