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Course May 26th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

May 26 @ 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.

I explain and illustrate the principles so you can 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. Already in May, nearing the end of the ‘hungry gap’, there are some good harvests and the garden is filling fast.

The course uses the examples of my composting process here to show you how to make your own. 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.

After lunch we look at propagation: I show you composts, module trays, sowing methods and suggest timings. Sowings undercover are now mostly in the garden but there is always some propagation happening. Do check my sowing timeline for seasonal options

You will perhaps see Homeacres hotbed in the greenhouse, near the end of it’s useful time, for germinating seeds primarily. We may by now have removed it’s contents to an outdoor heap for growing aubergines.

More details about what is covered are on my Courses page.

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


May 26
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