Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary


Introduced by Darina Allen

A manual of gardening to inform and inspire you, packed with illustrations.

Three quarters of the book is Charles’ advice on how to grow great crops. Use it year after year, its an any year diary: store your valuable information, for future reference.

No dig, grow veg book, time sowings. garden advice,

Charles’ Diary was one of six finalists for Practical Book of the Year at the Gardening Oscars in London, November 2017. The winner was our joint book No Dig Organic Home & Garden.

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Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season:

  • sow seed at the best moment – seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late
  • sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home
  • the advantages of no dig, for less time needed
  • maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing
  • how to feed soil, for strong and healthy growth, more easily
  • when and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce

This is a garden companion of seasonal prompts, and then your own additions in the any year format (no days of the week), all in the context of precise information about how to grow great vegetables.

Three quarters of the pages are gardening advice, one quarter is diary space.

Wire bound for easy use. The perfect present for your gardening friends and family

thank you for such a quick delivery of the signed diary. I gave it to my friend for her birthday and she loved it! (M.M. Dorset)

Self-published by the author’s imprint No Dig Garden, 168 pages illustrated with photographs mostly of Homeacres garden. The cover is laminated both sides for greater longevity and to prevent curling.

Cover price £14.95.
Available in the US from Chelsea Green Publishing, for $24.95.


Kitchen Garden Magazine February 2017

Charles Dowding is renowned for his no-dig approach to growing and the benefits it brings in saving money, less weeding, plant health and harvests for all seasons. Although this spiral bound book is a ‘diary’ of sorts, this only tells half the story as it is also packed with tips, guidance and nuggets of gardening wisdom on various aspects of growing fruit and veg.

From care of the soil to making compost to how to manage individual plants, this book is structured chronologically month by month, as you would expect. It starts with March – one of the busiest months in the gardening year – and ends in February. Each month has a page for notes in diary format, so you can add your own notes as an aide memoire perhaps to look back on in subsequent years. The diary pages are interspersed with well-illustrated pages of practical advice. Definitely one to have by your side as the growing year unfolds.

WHO IS IT FOR? All gardeners looking to get the best out of their crops.



Aysen Ustunay on You Tube 25th July 2018

Just started reading your Diary and it is wonderful. Very easy to read. It is like course notes.Thank you very much.

“A fantastic, easy to understand diary, guiding you through the growing year. Full of genuinely useful tips and methods that Charles has refined. A must buy for anyone starting the no dig method, as well as those who want to learn more”. Dan, January 2017

On Amazon by Lynn “It’s always good to have a reminder of what the main gardening tasks are month by month. But this diary does more than that. Even though I have been gardening for decades I can dive into this book and pick up gems of information never before encountered. Charles is a truly good gardener with an amazing willingness to share his knowledge.” June 2017

Your book arrived safely in Poland some weeks ago and is a source of great pleasure and inspiration“, from Ewa in Poland, February 2017

I’m finding the Vegetable Garden Diary is excellent. I think its your best work to date“. Don Foley, Ireland April 2017

” I received my copy yesterday and took advantage of a cold evening to sit reading it by the fire. I initially thought that as someone who had been practicing no dig that I may find this book was something I should have had 4 years ago and was of little use now.

However once again Charles has come up with a book that is easy to use and highly informative, with helpful hints that I must previously have missed somewhere along the line. 

Although I keep my own diary on a spreadsheet I think this book will become my ‘go to’ book for what I should be doing each week, rather than thumbing through 2 or 3 other favourites.

With sensible stay flat binding and plenty of beautiful pictures this book will be both happy potting shed companion and coffee table reading.” Jan in Hertfordshire 30.11.16

Additional information

Weight 410 g
Dimensions 100 × 100 × 24 mm

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