Online Course, Easy no dig gardening

Filming the online course in Homeacres garden, May 2015

Filming the online course in Homeacres garden, May 2015

The course has 40 videos of one to two minutes each on all aspects of starting and growing. On each page I have written new text and posted photos to explain the best methods. In the videos you can see the beautiful simplicity of growing without digging, using mulches and how this helps our plants while reducing weed growth. I show an example of how we make one bed in a morning, using compost on top of weeds, and then we plant it straightaway.

See one of the videos here, I show the abundance of no dig tomatoes in July, in my greenhouse.

There are sections on clearing weeds with mulches, choosing which mulch to use according to the weeds present, the few useful tools you need, how many (few) beds you require and how best to lay them out, whether they need sides or not and which composts to use, tips on making your own compost, and which vegetables are most likely to give worthwhile harvests.

There is a section of FAQ’s to demonstrate how no dig is simpler and easier than is sometimes made out. I explain why its alright sometimes to walk on beds, why wooden sides are optional and that yes, you can plant into compost.  Also I give tips on watering plants and making compost more quickly.

I want this course to help you understand what you do and need to do in the garden, so that you become more confident in making your own choices and succeed in growing healthy plants over a longer period, with less effort.

Video of Course summary

How it works

Once the course is purchased, you have access to any or all of it, at any time during one year from the date of purchase. Its all there to see as soon as you have bought it.

This course is available to buy for £75  here.


First review from Ben in Yorkshire who is creating a new garden in 2015:

I will be making good use of it! The content is really interesting and informative, whilst the style of the course is easy and fun.” 

From Paul Lovatt Smith, Sussex smallholder, October 2016

“Helen and I found the online course worthwhile and user-friendly.  Over a couple of months last winter we did a section on a laptop in bed on free Sunday mornings.  We then put what we’d learnt into practice this year and have been very happy with the results.  It was a great way to fit learning into our busy lives.”

Course content

There are 45 pages of which 36 have a video or two, mostly of one to two minutes each. Four pages have two videos which are sequels to earlier ones, so you can see the progress. Its all available to see at any time you like for six months, and you can watch/read in any order you choose. 

The course is an introduction to growing without digging, not an encyclopaedia of vegetable growing. It does have lots of tips on growing vegetables, with the emphasis on saving time and effort. Its principles apply to single beds as much as to large plots.

1 Introduction, the joys of no dig

2 No dig simplicity
◦ a. What is no dig
◦ b. Why no dig
◦ c. How no dig
◦ d. Comparing growth, dug and undug beds

3  FAQ’s, do’s and don’ts
◦ Keeping it simple
◦ a. Saving time and effort
◦ b. Sides are optional not vital
◦ c. You can sow, plant immediately
◦ d. Sowing, planting into compost
◦ e. Reaching the middle of beds
◦ f. Good for composting
◦ g. A watering myth

4  Weeds, clear and stay clear
◦ a. Its easier without weeds!
◦ b. Weed types, perennials
◦ c. Weed types, annuals
◦ d. Mulching weeds

5 Tools for quick work
◦ a. A worthwhile few
◦ b. Using a hoe

6 Creating a new bed, quickly (May 6th 2015)
◦ a. Where to make beds
◦ b. Edges and paths
◦ c. Laying a frame
◦ d. Filling a bed
◦ e. Levelling, firming 
◦ f. Sowing, planting straightaway
◦ g. Results in the first two months

7 Creating a growing area
◦ a. How many beds, how big?
◦ b. Bed width and alignment
◦ c. What to fill beds with 
◦ d. Options for sides and paths
◦ e. Keep beds productive 

8 Compost – make, buy, use
◦ a. Different types
◦ b. Buying compost
◦ c. Making compost
◦ d. Feeding plants via the soil

9 Tips for no dig vegetables (one video on removing pure sprouting, clearing)
◦ a. Differences to growing in dug soil
◦ b. Sow at the right time
◦ c. Spacing plants
    d. Clearing after a harvest

10 Super-productive vegetables
◦ a. Salad leaves
◦ b. Other leafy vegetables
◦ c. Tomatoes
◦ d. Potatoes
◦ e. Raising plants and growing undercover
     f. Veg in containers

11 More to learn
◦ Growing teaches you