Videos


Create a no dig raised bed, compost on weeds, with tips on planting + see the growth

I show how to prepare and assemble a wooden frame, lay it on weedy ground without any digging, then I explain filling with compost and I sow/plant after firming. I made the bed in August 2016, and the stages of filling and planting were also filmed by BBCtv for Gardeners World, screened 21/04/2017.…

Charles' talk 2017: Growing high yields all year, in less time and space, no dig, few weeds

This is a pay-for, edited film of my no dig talk. It summarises my experiences and results, and gives you a view of the slide presentation, as well as my speaking. I explain my methods for year-round vegetables with least effort: how no dig works to grow more in a small space and more quickly, how t…

Pick & regrow salad leaves through winter, 2kg/4.5lb from three trays, 18 plants

You can replicate this method outdoors in summer, say in window boxes. This shows winter harvests in an unheated, unlit greenhouse zone 8/9, frosts to -5C/22F. Reusable trays lined with paper, filled with multipurpose compost, no feeds or fertilisers. Just 6 plants in each tray, many types, and my s…

Organic, no dig gardening: wonderful weathered compost in spring, ready for seeds and plants

See the result of winter weather on aged cow and horse manure, spread in early winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhGIrqKs1k&t=1s. The bed is now ready for cropping all year without adding any other feed, and we already planted peas for shoots as first crop, to be followed by celery. The nutrie…

Making compost from garden and other wastes, the principles and some results

I explain green and brown ingredients, using coffee and other wastes including roots of perennial weeds and blighted leaves. What size pieces to add, what temperatures you need and may expect. How long to leave heaps before turning or using, I show you compost in different stages, of varied age and …

Charles turns a tonne of compost. Four minute time lapse of an hour's work

I improve compost quality and texture by turning/moving a whole heap, with a manure fork, to an adjacent area. Turning is an opportunity to break up lumps and admit fresh air, which feeds bacteria and helps further breakdown. This heap was assembled in October and had been slowly maturing through wi…

Best and easy methods for storing veg through winter, apples too, from harvests in summer and autumn

Easy and quick ways to store vegetables for several months through autumn and winter, showing best methods for each one. I am in a temperate climate zone 8, night temperatures rarely below -8C 18F; in colder areas you need a cellar or extra insulation. More on this in my books Winter Vegetables, No …

Growing and harvesting vegetables outdoors in winter, zone 8/9, 51N

Temperate oceanic climate, 30 miles from the Atlantic at 51N, low light levels. Average 55 frosts per winter of -1 to -8C (30-18F); these leaf-producing plants survive most winters, when sown early autumn as in the video.The parsnips (sown March) survive much frost and improve in flavour, see how th…

A year of fertility from compost applied once, even when double cropping

The beautiful simplicity of no dig gardening and it's quick and easy ground maintenance. At Homeacres the soil is healthy and clear of weeds, thanks to mulching and no dig. No fertilisers used, even organic ones. The first year of clearing weeds is more difficult, after which you reap the rewards of…

Speedy ten minute preparation of a no dig bed for winter, spring, summer and autumn, 28s time lapse

Few weeds in no dig means it takes little time to clear any that are there, rake level and spread (in this case) approx. 2in (5cm) of compost over the surface. The compost holds nutrients in water-insoluble form so no cover is needed. Winter weather and frosts soften the compost and you can sow/plan…

Best timings and methods for bigger harvests

Easier and quicker ways to sow, plant, weed, feed and enjoy the harvests in their best season: Charles Dowding's Diary. It's a perpetual diary, see here http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/product/charles-dowdings-vegetable-garden-diary/ and buy in shops, pub. No Dig Garden 2016. Filmed, edited at Homea…

Garden myths that take our time

I ask why its recommended to garden in ways that take longer, or using methods that give less harvests. An introduction to my book which looks at 99 myths. Filmed and edited by Edward Dowding https://edowding.net while Gardening Myths and Misconceptions is available at http://www.charlesdowding.co.…

No dig, two ways to clear weeds

Charles demonstrates and explains two methods of clearing weeds to grow vegetables, without digging soil or removing any weeds or soil. Mulches were applied at his Homeacres garden during the past 6-12 months, and you see the results: crops taken, while soil is being cleared of weeds, some of which …

Rotation: how necessary is it for vegetables?

The third video of those we made on 14th September 2016. This one looks at the growth of cabbage, calabrese, winter squash and climbing beans, after preceding crops of the same. I draw no conclusions but there are interesting implications. Filming and editing by Edward Dowding. The first video is "C…

Comparing growth of the same vegetables, with mulches of different composts

Observing growth and measuring harvests from two strips of ground at Homeacres, 6.5x29.5ft, 2x9m. One strip (no.3) is mulched each winter with 2in/5cm composted cow manure, the other (strip 2) with 2in/5cm bought compost; both strips are no dig. In the thumbnail, parsnips on right are cow manure, in…

Comparing growth and harvests in adjacent strips, dug/forked and no dig

In the fourth year of this trial 2016. Two adjacent strips of ground 6.5ft (2m) wide, and 29.5ft (9m) long. Strip one has it's soil loosened with a fork (after originally turning over the pasture January 2013, see thumbnail) then is mulched with 2in/5cm compost each winter. The beds of strip 2 are s…

fast lettuce pick video

Illustrating the method I developed in 2003 to have a steady harvest of lettuce leaves off the same plants, for several weeks, without ever using a knife: always twist gently and pull. Also, less slugs, less diseased leaves. From the bed pictured, this is the fourth harvest of around 12kg/27lb of le…

No dig with Charles Dowding, showing his fourth summer at Homeacres

The result of using mulches to transform 3/4 acre (0.3ha), from weeds and grass to intensively cropped vegetables for market on 1/4 acre, using organic methods, no synthetic chemicals. Plus I show you the fruit trees, flowers, compost heaps, undercover spaces and dig/no dig trials. Camera and editin…

Midsummer harvests of no dig potatoes and multi-sown onions.

Advice on when and how to harvest.Watch me simply pull potatoes from undug, unloosened soil, and see the high yield of onions per square foot. More at http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk. Filmed and edited by Edward Dowding.

Clearing and replanting beds in the summer, fast, without digging or forking

Showing how quick and easy it is, using a no dig approach, to clear one crop and plant another. Twist out stems of the finished crop, leaving most roots in the ground, dib holes, pop in the next crop, water, and that is it. No soil loosening or fertilising is needed because well-fed soil does all th…

Hotbeds, an old way to raise young plants

Using the warmth of decomposing manure to encourage germination and strong early growth of seeds and seedlings, in late winter and early spring mainly. Filmed, edited by Edward Dowding.

Multisowing modules to save time, compost and greenhouse space

More on multi-sowing and the variable numbers of seed per cell, saving time and compost. I fill a module tray then sow peas, radish, beetroot and onions/spring onions. After 3-5 weeks, I plant these as clumps. Also use this for brassica salads, turnips, leeks, basil, spinach and chard. Most other pl…

The benefits of multi-sowing modules showing a full stand of beetroot at harvesting stage

Some results of multi sowing into modules (plugs, cells), then planting out as clumps of seedlings. Varying the numbers of seedlings allows you to control plant growth and eventual size.

Charles Dowding compares growth in dug and undug soil

Two beds of a trial in its third year (2015) where you see the same vegetables growing in beds with the same ingredients, except that one bed is dug each winter with compost incorporated, while the other is simply dressed with the same amount of compost. See also http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/no-d…

In summer, second sowings for more harvests

Its August and everything in this bed except parsnips is a second planting, after taking harvests in May, June and July: I explain each summer sowing. Seedlings were raised in modules except the carrots were sown direct. For detailed sowing dates see this on my website http://www.charlesdowding.co.u…