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From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly

No Dig Gardening online course is perfect for when you’re starting out. It’s also a great way to consolidate your existing understanding of no dig.

I’ll walk you through how to start with the soil you have, so you can grow beautiful, healthy vegetables. You’ll learn how to get your soil right, and how that leads to saving time and bountiful harvests.

One great aspect of no dig is that you don’t need any expensive kit, or any fertilisers or feeds – almost everything you need is in the soil. By the end of the course, you’ll have all the knowledge and confidence you need to produce amazing results.

Please note, the written content of the course is similar to No Dig Gardening, Course Book 1.

  • 6 modules containing 19 lessons.
  • All lessons contain instructional videos, the majority of which are exclusive to the course and not available on YouTube.
  • There is a multiple choice quiz at the end of each lesson, for enjoyment and to consolidate learning. A certificate on completion of the course can also be sent via email on request.
  • There are no downloadable PDFs or worksheets.
  • You will have lifetime access to the course, which allows you to refer back to any part at any time.
Introduction to No dig Gardening
The advantages and recent history of no dig
Simple, time saving, productive
No dig on different soil types
Comparing dig and no dig for 13 years - what the differences reveal
A three strip trial and continuous cropping
Myths - what you don’t need to do
Bed width and orientation, sides or not
Paths - how they feed your plants and how to look after them
Know your weeds - the two types
Organic mulches
Non-organic mulches
Staying weed free - “little & often”
Make your own compost
What compost offers, when to apply and amounts needed
Understanding soil, and comparing it with compost
Types of compost
A new bed - plantings and harvests over four years
Growing abundance, one year of planting and cropping on 25m2
A talk video, and the final quiz
Introducing the course and no dig
You’ll learn how to use the course, the secret to enjoyable gardening, and the history and benefits of no dig.
Top results for less time needed
We explore the results of no dig on different soils. You’ll see how it compares to growth in dug soil with side-by-side trials. I also talk you through the jobs you don’t need to do. I love breaking down gardening myths, especially when it saves you time!
Laying out beds and paths
It’s time to consider how you might set up your garden, including paths. We explore what size and alignments will work best for you, and how to keep paths weed-free.
Mulching in year one leads to weed-free soil. You’ll learn how to identify different types of weeds, how to deal with them, and how to stay weed-free.
Fertility, compost and soil
I provide simple definitions of fertility, compost and soil. We look at composts you can buy or source for free, and how to make it at home in the space you have.
Small space successions, with a course summary
I show you how to create a bed with compost on weeds and plant in it the same day. You’ll also learn about vegetable choices and planting methods. The course finishes with a summary talk and a final quiz.
Further info
  • We offer discounts for the purchase of multiple courses - see this page.

see what our members are saying

My ‘go-to’ reference source for growing different vegetables. There is so much detail and guidance. I cannot recommend it highly enough and I would not have been able to have the success (or confidence) I have achieved in growing vegetables (and delicious melons) without it.

Alice Townsend – October 2021 (From Seed to Harvest)

This course has taught me an incredible amount about growing vegetables, even though I went through these topics in my studies. I was able to deepen my knowledge and, above all, simplify it a lot! Charles Dowding’s methods are well-founded and incredibly fun. I am simply thrilled!

Marisa – September 2022 (Skills for Growing)

I took this course in winter, and was astonished how much vital practical information Charles was sharing. His knowledge is extensive, and he shares it with ease, great skill, and much charm. The course is well-organised, and the information is easily understandable and thorough.

V M Faulkner – December 2021 (No Dig Gardening)