This Month



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, ...




Charles Dowding no dig 9
I hope that May has been a good month for your garden, and here it certainly has. Daytime temperatures were the warmest for May since 1990, but nights were cooler until recently. Sunshine for May is way above average and rainfall way below. All plants have enjoyed the conditions, and […]

June 2018 new sowing & planting, rapid growth, compost making, ...



No dig Charles Dowding vegetable garden, no dig trial fleece cover 11
We can hope for better weather in May… after the least sunny April I have ever recorded. Temperatures however were close to normal, thanks to the cloud cover keeping nights mild and frost-free. Soon it will be time to plant warmth-loving vegetables outside, though not until after mid month.

May 2018 uncover beds, potting compost & no dig trials, ...





Charles Dowding Homeacres no dig 7
As the weather goes from cold to mild to cold again, one thing is constant, soil. Undisturbed, compost-mulched ground helps plants to maintain health and grow whenever conditions allow. Soon it will be all-go and we shall reap the benefit of how it’s easy and quick to plant into the […]

Mid March 2018 stocky seedlings no hardening off, broad beans ...