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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Polytunnels, advice on buying

2nd January 2016 Articles

BUYING A POLYTUNNEL Some tips to help you make a good choice Polytunnels are wonderful structures and good value compared to greenhouses. Once erected they will be there for several years, so check ou

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Article: How to create a New Vegetable Garden Excerpt

12th February 2015 Articles

How to create a New Vegetable Garden Excerpt – February 2015 Waiting for best sowing times, seizing the moment. Excerpt from the book How to create a New Vegetable Garden Excerpt.

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Article: Sowing Timeline for Vegetables

22nd June 2014 Articles

Sowing Timeline for Vegetables These dates are distilled from 34 of years trial and error in my gardens, where plenty of failures have served to highlight best timings for best results. You can sow ma

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Article: Great veg starts here

15th November 2013 Articles

Great veg starts here – Gardeners World – November 2013 In the first of a new series on growing veg organically, veteran grower and organic guru Charles Dowding goes back to basics and rev

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Article: Stoic salads – Grow it! – August 2013

22nd August 2013 Articles, Summer

Stoic salads – Grow it! – August 2013 Salad leaves aren’t just the preserve of summer. Sow over the coming weeks and you could be cutting fresh, vitamin-rich leaves all winter long.

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Article: Double Take!

22nd June 2013 Articles

Double Take! – Grow it! – June 2013 Careful intersowing or interplanting of an existing crop will effectively double your growing area and ensure significantly greater yields.

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Article: Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Growing Course Excerpt

26th August 2012 Articles

Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Growing Course – Part 3 Ch 13 Companions, second sowings – August 2012 Ideas for sowing, planting together and succeeding with succession. Excerpt from t

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Article: To dig or not to dig?

15th December 2009 Articles

To dig or not to dig? – Grow it! – December 2009 Conventional wisdom has us digging over our plots every autumn but what are the benefits and could a no-dig approach be wiser? Val Bourne e

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Article: A taste for growing

15th December 2009 Articles

A taste for growing – Blackmore Vale Magazine How does your garden grow? In fits and starts, as you fight a losing battle against weeds, if you are the typical weekend gardener who just hopes t

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