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Talk in Sheffield 26th April 6pm, University of Sheffield S3 7RD

April 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Photo by Jason Ingram for Charles Dowding Diary cover

An illustrated, one hour fifteen minute talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers.

Charles explains how he makes, buys and uses compost of different kinds.
How to clear perennial weeds with mulches, including couch grass and bindweed.
How to maintain a no dig plot, with an annual mulch of compost.

Save time and head scratching by reducing rotation from four to two or three years. I show the results of a trial into no rotation, same veg for four to five years, so far so good!

How no dig saves you money, because the health and vitality of soil organisms mean you need no fertilisers or other amendments, apart from rare sites with exceptional deficiencies.

You see the photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts and no rotation.

As well as reducing the time and effort needed to cultivate and weed, no dig has many other benefits, which Charles explains, and he brings a selection of his nine books, signed and for sale.

The talk is going to be part of Sheffield Festival of Debate. There is no charge for tickets for this event: it is sponsored by Regather Co-op and the Festival of Debate, and thanks also to the support of the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield. They are conducting research into urban agriculture, and this talk forms part of their outreach, so they will do a short introduction at the beginning of the event.

Attendees still need to book tickets though this link. Please book only if you are sure to come, otherwise you prevent others attending as there is a 160 person limit to the hall.


April 26
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Sheffield University
The Diamond Lecture Theatre 2, Leavygreave Rd,
Sheffield, S3 7RD United Kingdom
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