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Rich colours of autumn salads 6
Autumnal weather has brought just 41mm/1.6in rain here so far in October, encouraging new growth but not yet enough to soak into the soil, which is still mostly dry below 4-6in/10-15cm. The average temperature has been above average: 10C/50F by night, with one slight frost, and 16.5C/62F by day. Now […]

October 18 mid month: new veg, new book, make compost, ...   Recently updated !


small garden mixed cropping, autumn abundance 6
Quite soon the switch flicks and the last joys of summer cede to cooler and above all darker days. We have had many cool nights already and some ground frost, then many days of sunshine and temperatures 16-19C/sixties F. No dig means you can quickly clear and replant all through […]

October ’18 vegetable beauty, last new plantings, Q’s answered on ...


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If you have not already sown salads for cropping undercover through winter and into spring, NOW is the moment. So they have time to establish before winter, make decent roots then crop in cool weather. If you have only a cold frame or greenhouse staging, grow some in boxes. I […]

Sept. 15th sow salads for winter, no dig, small garden, ...



New planting of rocket, mustards 20.8 10
September looks dry for much of the UK: no dig means easier watering, see below. There are still plantings for outdoor veg and sowings for veg under cover. August gave welcome rain at times, 85mm/3.4in here which is about average, while temperatures were a degree warmer than usual. There is […]

September 18 easier watering no dig, plant and sow now, ...


Charles Dowding no dig small garden 10
A second spring after some rain, still warm, days reasonably long – what are you waiting for? One days growth in August is two in September, four in October, eight in November, 16 in December and a half in July! The two photos show growth in just eight days.

August blog update: sow & plant for August growth, no ...


Charles Dowding no dig garden 7
Here, July 2006 was hotter than this year. However in 2006 we had 41mm lovely rain, after 36mm in June ’06, whereas this year the figures to 28th July are 6mm & 4mm respectively, most unusual for the UK. My hose has been busy and no dig mulch is helping a lot. […]

August 18 watering, second crop, no dig mulch, diseases & ...




Charles Dowding no dig vegetables 18
It’s a drought: June was the driest month I ever recorded, just 4mm/0.2in rain, with a lot of sun and dry breezes. At least with no dig you have roots able to access extra moisture through teaming with the mycorrhizal network of fungi. Fungal threads can extract water from crevices […]

July 2018 watering, trial harvests, clear and replant, compost comparisons, ...