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Course February 11th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

February 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm


Learn the essentials of no dig: mulching to feed soil, hoeing tiny weeds, buying/making and using compost. Then about planning the plot, and successful ways to sow when the time is right.

Preparing ground now means you will be ahead all spring, on top of the weeds and more easily up to date with sowing, planting and picking.

I explain and illustrate the principles of no-dig so you can see how to create a productive garden yourself, even when a beginner. Weeds are often a major problem but clever mulching allows your plot to stay clear of them, including couch grass and bindweed. This saves time, reduces slug damage and makes everything more enjoyable.

Experienced gardeners learn many time-saving methods and see ways to increase the growth and health of their plants.

I use Homeacres garden to illustrate the joys of no dig growing and how abundant it can be. In wet or wintry weather I give a slideshow to illustrate the potentials of every season, and there is still plenty to learn from outside, plus in the greenhouse and polytunnel.

Part of the course is about compost making, using the examples of my composting process here. Which ingredients are good to use, in what proportions, how big a heap to have, whether it needs to get hot, how long to leave it and whether turning is worthwhile. Then a look at assessing the readiness of compost, when to spread it and how to deal with the weed seeds.

In addition we look at other types of compost and you learn the best ones to buy, and how long you may or may not need to keep them in a heap before spreading.

I explain the details of surface composting to feed both soil and plants for a whole year, in one dressing and with no other plant feeds needed.

Finally we look at propagation and I show you composts, module trays, sowing methods and suggest timings. First sowings undercover in much of the UK are about to happen, on Valentine’s Day, so do buy onion, lettuce, spinach, Greyhound cabbage and Boltardy beetroot seed, to get you underway.

For more details on what is covered please see my Courses page.

Sales of this course go to Charles and Steph’s No Dig partnership.


February 11
10:30 am - 4:00 pm
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Charles Dowding
01749 860292


Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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01749 860292