Mulched no dig beds and paths Homeacres
January 2019 myths about no dig, events, winter jobs and food

18th January 2019 Featured, Winter

Charles' update of seasonal garden jobs which is mainly mulching at this time of year, some winter harvests too, and no sowing yet!

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February 2019 a few sowings, compost and mulching, courses, snow and pigeons

9th February 2019 Winter

Be careful of sowing too early, there is no rush in spring because later sowings often catch up as it warms and lightens. For example I plan to sow tomatoes on 18th March this year. In the next two we

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Site News

10th December 2018 Site News

Welcome to my site and I hope you enjoy navigating around. There is a lot of information here. In fact, the amount of advice and data I offer has made it a big job to reorganise for the new site. For

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Links

7th December 2018 No Dig Growing

www.organicplants.co.uk sell excellent quality plants in all seasons, and the correct season www.implementations.co.uk sell high quality copper tools www.stephaniehafferty.co.uk for no dig growing,

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Sowing Timeline for Vegetables

7th December 2018 Sowing

These dates are distilled from 36 years trial and error in my gardens, where my results have highlighted best timings for best results. You can sow these vegetables at different times and they will g

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Multisowing

7th December 2018 Sowing

The vegetables I have found worth sowing and growing in clumps For certain vegetables, there are considerable benefits of sowing two or more seeds together, as opposed to a single seed per module or s

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Seeds and Varieties

7th December 2018 Seeds and Varieties, Sowing

Which seed variety to buy – these have worked for me, over several seasons. Firstly let’s consider seed quality, of what you may buy. Seed Sourcing and freshness Companies like Mr Fothergi

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Propagation: germinate, grow and plant seedlings for a long season of bigger harvests

7th December 2018 Seeds and Varieties, Sowing, Videos

Skills you need to make the most of your precious seeds and to elongate the growing season, through early sowing, overlapping crops and filling empty spaces at any time. My tips cover where to sow, ho

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Sowing and Growing for Schools

7th December 2018 Schools, Sowing

The gardening methods I recommend, no dig with less rotation and ultimately less weeding, are great for youngsters in school. For harvests in term time If you have an indoor propagating facility, sowi

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No Dig Trial 2013-2019, current year at top

5th December 2018 No Dig Growing, Trials

This is similar to the trial I ran from 2007-2012 at Lower Farm. It’s to compare growth of the same vegetables in a dig bed and a no dig bed, all harvests recorded. At both Lower Farm and Homeac

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Winter wonders: the vegetables that thrive in frozen weather

5th December 2018 Articles, Uncategorized

Imagine a vegetable garden in winter, and you’ll probably conjure up an expanse of bare earth alongside a frosted-up greenhouse. But market gardener Charles Dowding’s plot couldn’t be more diffe

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Is No-Dig Gardening a Better Way to Grow?

4th December 2018 Articles, No Dig Growing

I write regularly for Gardeners World, Kitchen Garden, Country Smallholding, Optimum Nutrition and Dove (Bruton parish) magazines, occasionally for the Daily Telegraph and others. In November 2015 for

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How I can save you time and money in the garden

4th December 2018 Articles, No Dig Growing

I am internationally recognised for my huge experience of how to grow and harvest better vegetables, and how I explain this is in my books, courses, talks and videos. Avoid unnecessary work No dig is

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