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April 2018

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

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

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Day course in no dig , theory then practice, we make a bed: Kings Langley in Herts.

April 27 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Kings Langley Rudolf Steiner School, Langley Hill
Kings Langley, WD49HG United Kingdom
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£47

A day course. We start with a no dig and illustrated talk 9.15-10.30 with Q & A during and after. Following coffee/tea, we shall look at propagation. Then, we shall create a bed from scratch and I show ways of mulching weeds, using any of cardboard, polythene and composts. This is a chance to look at different composts you can use. I shall demonstrate tools and give tips on using them. An underlying theme of the whole day is to…

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Course April 28th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

April 28 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

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. There is still time to prepare ground now. The no dig method with mulches enables you to be on top of 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…

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May 2018

Somerset Gardens Day 13th May

May 13 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

A day to celebrate being in your and/or your friends' garden. Just by being there and enjoying everything scents, sounds, looks and tastes. More details of this esoteric sounding, fun day are to follow! 

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Course May 16th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

May 16 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

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…

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Day course about compost, making and using, 2 places

May 19 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

Using examples of the many heaps at Homeacres, I go through all stages of composting in detail. Suitable ingredients, methods to use, heap size, hot or cold and what happens at different temperatures, cover or not, how long before turning and is turning necessary, how long before using, tools such as thermometer and aerator, and whether it's possible to reduce rats in heaps. We look at bought composts too, for perspective, and to learn what happens with different processes. Also…

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Course May 26th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

May 26 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

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…

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June 2018

Open Garden with NGS Gardens Scheme, June 2nd

June 2 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£5

Entry to Homeacres costs £5, all goes to NGS chosen charities. Find other gardens to visit with the NGS Open Gardens website. Steph and I will be explaining the garden and selling books.

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Open garden, NGS 3rd June

June 3 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£5

Entry to Homeacres costs £5, all goes to NGS chosen charities. Find other gardens to visit on the NGS website. Steph and I will be explaining the garden and selling books.

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Talk on No Dig gardening at St Albans allotments, June 9th

June 9 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Bernards Heath Junior School, 28 Watson's Avenue
St Albans, AL3 5HP United Kingdom
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Charles Dowding talk

An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. Based on my long experience of organic, no dig growing and giving you the knowledge to grow more easily and quickly, while also reaping the benefits of working with nature and her amazing processes for maintaining soil and plant health. Charles explains how he makes, buys and uses compost of different kinds. How to clear perennial weeds with mulches, including…

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Talk on no dig at Thrift Farm, Milton Keynes 9th June 5pm

June 9 @ 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Thrift Farm, Buckingham Rd
Milton Keynes, MK170EQ
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I explain how no dig works at Homeacres, to save time and give us every chance of growing successful crops all season long, for less effort It is Thrift Farm's mission to create future employment opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The growing area is no dig, and there are many animals too. Buckingham Road, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire MK17 0EQ. Tickets available from the Farm Office.

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Day course in no dig gardening at Ballymaloe

June 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry
Cork, Ireland
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At the famed Ballymaloe Cookery School, where Tim Allen will be present for some of the day, and we look at their fine market garden, now partly no dig. Ballymaloe is one of the few places that links food growing and eating. Many talk about it, they do it. Even with a one acre greenhouse. The day begins with my illustrated talk about no dig growing. Why it works, how it saves time and effort, and how to begin. With…

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Talk on no dig gardening, great results for less time and effort 17.6.18 Somerset

June 17 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Ditcheat Jubilee (village) Hall, Ditcheat main road opposite Manor Inn
Shepton Mallet, BA4 6RB United Kingdom
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£6
Charles Dowding talk 2018 Scotland

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…

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July 2018

Course Weds July 4th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

July 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

Grow great vegetables when you 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…

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No Dig Weekend Intensive July 21st-22nd, full

July 21 @ 10:00 am - July 22 @ 2:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£295

Discover the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and on a larger scale. Together with this, we discuss how to grow a market and to make a return on your time. I give advice on the most profitable vegetables to grow, sowing dates, and tips on picking and packing . Its a full-on weekend when you see Homeacres garden in full flow, and many new summer plantings.  I explain details of salad growing and picking for sale. There is plenty…

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August 2018

Talk and practical, Shankhill Castle as part of Carlow Flower Festival, Ireland

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Shankill Castle, Paulstown
Kilkenny, Ireland
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At this lovely venue, I give an illustrated talk in the morning, and a practical in the walled garden after lunch. More information and booking details to follow.

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Course Aug. 11th, Grow Veg No Dig 3 places

August 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

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…

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No Dig Weekend Intensive August 25th-26th, 8 places

August 25 @ 10:00 am - August 26 @ 2:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£295

Discover the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and on a larger scale. Together with this, we discuss how to grow a market and to make a return on your time. I give advice on the most profitable vegetables to grow, sowing dates, and tips on picking and packing . Its a full-on weekend when you see Homeacres garden in full flow, and many new summer plantings.  I explain details of salad growing and picking for sale. There is plenty…

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September 2018

Open Day 11.30am-4.30pm Sunday 2nd September

September 2 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Charles Dowding open day

Come and have a look around. 3/4 acre of garden, no dig, veg, fruit and flowers. Free entry, donations for Send a Cow. Books for sale, teas by Steph and helpers, cakes!

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Course Sept.8th, Grow Veg No Dig 11 places

September 8 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

Learn about no dig and see the results. Mulch just once a year to feed soil, hoe tiny weeds in both beds and paths, buy or make compost, and how to spread it. I also teach about 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…

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Course Sept 12th, Grow Veg No Dig, 11 Places

September 12 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Charles Dowding course lunch Homeacres

Learn about no dig and see the results. Mulch just once a year to feed soil, hoe tiny weeds in both beds and paths, buy or make compost, and how to spread it. I also teach about 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…

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Course Sept 22nd, Grow Veg No Dig, 11 places

September 22 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Charles Dowding Homeacres nodig September

Learn about no dig and see the results. Mulch just once a year to feed soil, hoe tiny weeds in both beds and paths, buy or make compost, and how to spread it. I also teach about 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…

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October 2018

Course Oct.3, Grow Veg No Dig 13 Places

October 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
course with Charles Dowding at Homeacres no dig, October 2017

Learn about no dig and see the results. Mulch just once a year to feed soil, hoe tiny weeds in both beds and paths, buy or make compost, and how to spread it. I also teach about 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…

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Day course, next level no dig & veg growing, 10 places

October 6 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Charles Dowding produce October no dig

For those who have already been on a Homeacres course, and wish to learn more! Bring your questions to the day, and I shall take it from there. Whether it be about weed clearing and maintaining weed free, beds and paths, making and using compost, details about no dig and how it works, timings and methods of sowing, watering seedlings and watering beds, potting composts, module trays, multisowing,sowing direct outside, weather and pest protection, biodynamics - all is possible but…

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Course Oct 13th, Grow Veg No Dig, 13 places

October 13 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Charles Dowding no dig carrots left, dig carrots right 2017

Learn about no dig and see the results. Mulch just once a year to feed soil, hoe tiny weeds in both beds and paths, buy or make compost, and how to spread it. I also teach about 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…

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November 2018

Healthy Growth with No Dig Gardening, talk near Portsmouth

November 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Hayling Island Community Centre, Station Road
Hayling Island, PO11 0HB
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An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and plants, 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. You see photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts and no…

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Talk on no dig gardening and saving time, Bracknell 7th November

November 7 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Coopers Hill Centre Bracknell, RG127QS United Kingdom + Google Map

For Bracknell Horticultural Association, plus this will be a ticketed event. An illustrated, one hour 20 minute talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. I explain how to make, buy and use 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. How to make compost. You see photos of the trials…

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Talk at Westward Ho! No dig gardening, 7.30pm 8th November

November 8 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Kingsley Hall, Westward Ho!, Atlantic Way
Westward Ho!, EX39 1JR United Kingdom
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£8
Charles Dowding Homeacres no dig September 2016

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…

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No dig weekend intensive 10th/11th November, 12 places

November 10 @ 10:00 am - November 11 @ 2:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£290
Charles Dowding no dig garden November 2017

You learn the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and on a larger scale. Together with this, we discuss how to grow a market and to make a return on your time. I give advice on the most profitable vegetables to grow, sowing dates, and tips on picking and packing . Its a full-on weekend when you see Homeacres garden with some beds now cleared and mulched for next year, others full of harvests to come. Compost is the principle addition…

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Talk on no dig at Aldborough Community Centre, November 16th

November 16 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Aldborough Community Centre, The Green, Aldborough
Norwich, Norfolk NR11 7AA United Kingdom
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Salads polytunnel no dig, these will be here still in March for the course

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

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Talk on no dig gardening, Norwich 17th November

November 17 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Norwich Quaker House, Lower Goat Lane
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 1EW United Kingdom
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An illustrated, one hour 20min 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. Tips on propagating. You see photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts…

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March 2019

Talk at Crewkerne on No Dig Gardening for more harvests, fewer weeds, 14th March 2019

14th March 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Henhayes Centre Crewkerne, TA188DA United Kingdom + Google Map
£7.50
Charles Dowding talk

An illustrated, one hour 20 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. You see photos of the trials Charles runs to compare the effects on growth of dig/no dig, different composts and no…

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