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May 2017

May day fair, selling our new book Bruton 1st May 10am-4.30pm

May 1 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Roth Bar and Grill, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane
Bruton, BA100NL United Kingdom
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Steph and I are running a book stall at the fair, 10am to about 4.30pm. There are other stalls too including Common Farm flowers. Steph can show you her veg beds which grow food for Roth Bar and Grill, including many herbs. It's the first time we shall have been out with the book, which is still being printed as I write this on 17th April.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, May 6th day course full

May 6 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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See all the early plantings you can make thanks to the ease of gardening no dig. Learn how you can do the same.

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£7

Talks, book launch by Charles and Steph, Hampshire 7th May

May 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sustainability Centre, East Meon
Petersfield, GU32 1HR United Kingdom
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The South Downs Green Fair is a celebration of good living. At the Sustainability Centre, Sunday 7th May 10am to 5pm. Steph and I are speaking at noon and 3pm. We shall have copies of our new book for sale.

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£125

A day with Charles and Jez at Daylesford Organic Farm

May 11 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
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At Daylesford's beautiful  COTSWOLD FARM on Thursday 11th May. A day with Charles, and Jez too in the afternoon.  Participate in a morning discussion, presentation and Q&A with Charles followed by a two course organic lunch. Spend the afternoon in our Market Garden with Charles and Jez (our Head Market Garden Grower) for practical demonstrations of mulching, hoeing, multi-sowing and other techniques, methods and hints and tips from both Charles and Jez. The morning will start at 10.30am so please arrive a little…

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£150

Day course at Sarah Raven, no dig and salads

May 13 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Perch Hill Farm, tn32 5hp + Google Map

10.30 to 3.30 includes lunch, I explain my no dig approach, how I grow salad including my method of picking outer leaves, which I first developed in 2003. Tips for varieties and sowing methods, timings.

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£60

Talk and gourmet vegetable lunch at Blooming Green nr. Maidstone, Kent

May 14 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Loddington Farm, Linton
Maidstone, ME17 4AG
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Organised by the flower growers at Blooming Green Farm: Jennifer Stuart Smith and her cousin Bek. Blooming Green grow flowers for weddings, events, arrangements and pick your own. They are organically grown, and no dig. Dishes in the vegetarian lunch include: Beetroot and Horseradish Quail Scotch Eggs Asparagus, Mozzarella and Thyme Tart with a Red Pepper Pesto Wild Garlic, Mushroom and Red Onion Focaccia Rhubarb Cheesecake and a Gin Jelly. The meal is by Nicci Gurr of Home Gurr'own. Nicci trained with…

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£150

Day course at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ireland, full

May 27 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry
Cork, Ireland
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Following the success of last year's course, I am teaching another, No dig for healthy abundance and less weeds And the venue is exceptional, an opportunity to seize. With a fine lunch for sure! Tim and Darina have the extra and special dimension, for chefs, of intimate connection to the land. Tim is from a farming family, his father sold mushrooms and tomatoes off the holding at Ballymaloe. Now he organises growing of all the vegetables and flowers for Darina's…

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£65

Morning course on succession et al, GIY Waterford 28th May

May 28 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grow HQ Waterford, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road
Waterford, Cork Ireland
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"Keep cropping through summer and autumn - easy bed preparation, sowing dates and methods, tips on harvesting and pest control” Illustrated talk and practical with Charles. Half day course followed by Grow HQ lunch. Course price is 65 Euros. In summer months, time is always short and precious.  Therefore I give advice on fast ways to prepare ground for new plantings. This involves a method that saves time in itself, no dig.  Ground is not disturbed and grows less weeds.…

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Talks at River Cottage Spring Fair 29th May

May 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
River Cottage HQ, Trinity Hill Rd
Axminster, EX138TB United Kingdom
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Charles' talk is about growing super vegetables without disturbing soil, and Steph will talk about growing and using flowers. More details to follow. It's a big event, May 27th-29th.

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June 2017
£125

Grow veg no dig, June 7th day course 6 places

June 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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See and learn the wonderful methods of Charles Dowding in his no dig garden

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£150

Weekend course in no dig gardening, nr. Monmouth 10th-11th June

June 10 @ 10:00 am - June 11 @ 4:30 pm
Dingestow Court, Monmouth, United Kingdom + Google Map

At Old Lands, Dingestow Court, Monmouthshire, NP25 4DY June 10th-11th 2017 10.00-4.30pm Cost £95 for Saturday, £65 for Sunday, £150 for weekend. Lunch included on both days. The weekend, held in the beautiful surroundings of Dingestow Court, will be led by Charles Dowding and Colum Pawson, who together will offer both the chance to explore the theory of no-dig gardening and a space to gain confidence through carrying out the fundamental tasks of no-dig gardening themselves in the Old Lands…

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£5

Open day, part of Alhampton gardens event 18th June

June 18 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Once again we are one of Alhampton's many gardens to open, on Sunday 18th June. It's a fund raising event, in aid of the community woodland and orchard nearby, which is worth a visit too. Steph and I shall be at Homeacres, whose beds will be full of early season vegetables. There will be signs to explain the plantings, composts and the trial beds which compare growth of the same vegetables when soil is dug, or no dig.. And we shall be…

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No dig talk 19th June at Ballymaloe

June 19 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry
Cork, Ireland
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As part of the new six week intensive course in growing food better. Details tbc.  

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Charles talks on no dig at RHS Denmark, Copenhagen Show 24th-25th June

June 24 @ 1:00 pm - June 25 @ 1:00 pm

RHS Denmark are holding a first ever show to celebrate Danish and international gardening, running from Weds 21st June to the Sunday. Many talks, show gardens and 250 trade-stands. I am giving a talk on no dig gardening on both the Saturday and Sunday, at 1pm each day. More details here.

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July 2017
£125

Grow veg no dig, July 1st day course 3 places

July 1 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Summer in Charles' no dig garden is an inspiring place to learn from him, about growing large amounts of vegetables, easily and without digging.

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Talk on Gardening Myths July 2017 near Malvern UK

July 3 @ 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Colwall Village Hall, WR136EQ United Kingdom + Google Map

Save time in the garden, a talk about myths...

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Talk on no dig gardening at Skenfrith NP78UH on 23rd July 11.30pm

July 23 @ 11:30 am - 3:00 pm
Skenfrith Village Hall, Skenfrith
Abergavenny, NP78UH
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This is part of Skenfrith Open Gardens Day, a village near Monmouth. My talk is on the benefits of no dig gardening, followed by advice on how to grow more in a a smaller space. Steph will speak after lunch, also in the village hall, on using flowers from the garden. We shall have books for sale, and look forward to meeting many gardeners on the day. The village and surrounding area has a number of interesting gardens, and has recently started…

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August 2017
£125

Grow veg no dig, August 5th day course 8 places

August 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden, find out how he does this. A good time to learn about second cropping, for autumn and winter harvests.

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£245

No dig weekend intensive course, 5 places

August 26 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 3:15 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn from Charles Dowding at Homeacres, how he grows vegetables and some fruit in a highly productive way, and how he sells the vegetables too. An intensive weekend of no dig, organic growing.

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September 2017

Homeacres open day Sept. 3rd 1-5pm

September 3 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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The beauty of a vegetable garden, flowers and fruit trees too.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Sept. 9th day course 11 places

September 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Homeacres garden is full of vegetables and Charles explains how they are all grown, in undisturbed soil fed with a mulch of compost. See the abundance, and how few weeds there are.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Sept. 10th day course 11 places

September 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn from the master, to grow organic, no dig vegetables in great abundance, with few weeds. Charles explains his methods for achieving the results you see.

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Talk on no dig vegetable growing Tuesday 19th September

September 19 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wotton Under Edge Village Hall, GL128RF + Google Map

When soil is fertile and healthy, it grows fewer weeds and bigger crops, I give the method details for achieving this. Plenty of information also on growing and picking salads, plant propagation, growing in a polytunnel and maintaining the garden in as efficient and time-saving way as possible. Its a lot about time management: gardening is so much easier when all the necessary jobs are done at the best time, so they do not need redoing and the results are better.…

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Sept. 20th day course 11 places

September 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn from the master, to grow organic, no dig vegetables in great abundance, with few weeds. Charles explains his methods for achieving the abundance, with so few weeds, and plants in fine health.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Sept. 23rd day course 11 places

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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A day course to enthuse and and inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food. The garden now has about a half of beds with perennial vegetables, fruit and vegetables planted in the spring, the other half with  second plantings made in summer. I explain how we propagate and plant all of these, and you learn examples of succession. We check progress of various experiments, including the two beds of dig/no dig. Undercover, the polytunnel is full of summer vegetables,…

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October 2017
£125

Grow veg no dig, Oct.4th day course 11 places

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden, find out how he does this. A good time to learn about winter cropping, from the examples you see.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Oct.14th day course 11 places

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden. A good time to learn about winter cropping, from the examples you see. Plus about being prepared for next year, the methods of mulching.

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£125

Grow veg no dig, Oct.15th day course 11 places

October 15 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn simpler ways to grow great food, see the abundance in Charles' no dig garden. A good time to learn about winter cropping, from the examples you see. Plus about being prepared for next year, the methods of mulching.

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November 2017
£245

No dig weekend intensive course, 11 places

November 11 @ 10:00 am - November 12 @ 3:15 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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Learn from Charles Dowding at Homeacres, how he grows vegetables and some fruit in a highly productive way, and how he sells the vegetables too. An intensive weekend of no dig, organic growing.

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Talk on no dig gardening. Link-Up Gardening Club Nov 15th

November 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:15 pm
Village Hall, Kingston St Mary
Taunton, TA28HW United Kingdom
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I explain clearing weeds with mulches, and keeping the garden weed free. Extra compost for vegetables, less for flowers which also love undug soil. How to make nice compost and now is a good time to spread it. My books for sale too.

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January 2018

Talk in Durham 31st January

31st January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn
Durham, DH65AT
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On my northern tour, I am speaking on no dig gardening, growing great vegetables at the Bowburn Community Cantre. Organised by Liz Charles of Durham Community Action and Food Durham.

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February 2018

Talk on no dig organic gardening, Broadhembury, Devon

7th February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Village/memorial hall, Broadhembury
Honiton, EX14 3NG
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I cover all the main themes, the reasons for and advantages of no dig, and why no other plant foods are needed, once soil is fed with compost/organic matter, and left undisturbed.

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