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February 2018

Course February 21st, Grow Veg No Dig, full

February 21 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£135

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…

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No Dig gardening, lecture at Charlton Musgrove village hall

February 23 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Charlton Musgrove Village Hall, Shalford Lane
nr. Wincanton, BA98HF
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£8.44

I explain the benefits of no dig, and the methods you can use to help the universe of soil organisms bring health to your plants, and save you much time in the process.

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No Dig Weekend Intensive, full

February 24 @ 10:00 am - February 25 @ 3:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£275

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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March 2018

Course March 3rd, Grow Veg No Dig full

March 3 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£135

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…

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Course March 10th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

March 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£135

Learn loads in a few hours, be inspired by Charles' no dig garden and enjoy Steph's tasty lunch

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Course March 11th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

March 11 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£135

Learn loads in a few hours, be inspired by Charles' no dig garden and enjoy Steph's tasty lunch

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Talk to NVS Surrey 14th March Successional Sowing & No Dig Gardening

March 14 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
E. Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Av, E Horsley
Leatherhead, Surrey KT246QT United Kingdom
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£6

Successional Sowing and No Dig Gardening go hand in hand, because soil preparation is so quick. It results in a plethora of harvests in autumn and winter, even into spring.

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Course March 17th, Grow Veg No Dig, 5 places

March 17 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Salads polytunnel no dig, these will be here still in March for the course

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…

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Day course at Sarah Raven, no dig and salads

March 23 @ 10:30 am - 3:30 pm
Perch Hill Farm tn32 5hp + Google Map
£150

10.30 to 3.30 includes lunch, based in Sarah's lovely garden Session 1: 10.30-11.30 Meet Charles Why the no dig method leads to healthy soil and easier harvests. How to clear perennial weeds with mulches, completely, including couch grass and bindweed. How to maintain a no dig plot, with an annual mulch of compost. 11.30-11.50 coffee/tea Session 2: 11.50-13.00 Charles shows how he makes compost from garden and other wastes,  and which composts he buys and uses to supplement the homemade.…

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April 2018

Course April 7th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

April 7 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£135

Grow food be inspired learn loads quickly

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No Dig Gardening Course, At Special Plants 11th April

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Special Plants, Greenways Lane, Cold Ashton
Chippenham, SN148LA United Kingdom
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£120

Learn about growing all kinds of vegetables and many fruits productively, organically and with less effort. Compost, mulch, coping with weeds & slugs, timing. Charles is the no dig expert and will inspire plus inform you. The day includes tea/coffee and vegetarian lunch, all for £120.

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Course in No Dig gardening at Special Plants nr. Bath/Chippenham

April 11 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Special Plants, Greenways Lane, Cold Ashton
Chippenham, SN148LA United Kingdom
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£95
Dig, no dig trial at Beechgrove gardens via Charles Dowding

The day is 10am to 4pm and you learn about growing all kinds of vegetables and many fruits productively, organically and with less effort. Compost, mulch, coping with weeds & slugs, timing.

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Day course, next level no dig & veg growing, 7 places

April 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150

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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Talk on No Dig for Leigh & District Gardening Club

April 19 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Alfrick Village Hall WR65HJ + Google Map
£5

An illustrated, one hour 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 rotation. As…

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

April 21 @ 10:00 am - April 22 @ 2:30 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£285

26th April 2017, almost the last frost... Sorry this w/e is sold out and the next ones are July, then August, then November, I hope to see you then. 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…

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Talk on no dig gardening, Chilcompton April 24th

April 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Chilcompton Village Hall, Wells Rd, Chilcompton
Radstock, BA34EX
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On no dig gardening and growing great vegetables naturally. No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed, and the benefits you then enjoy. Fully illustrated with the results from my garden, and how I set out from a weedy pasture. I show how to grow great salads all year, and how to succeed with succession. Books for sale too.

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Talk at Southwell, Notts on no dig gardening

April 25 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
The Minster School, Nottingham Road,
Southwell, Notts NG25 0LG United Kingdom
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Charles shows how he makes, buys and uses compost of different kinds. Plus:
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

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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, 4 places

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, 3 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, 3 places

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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July 2018

Course Weds July 4th, Grow Veg No Dig 12 places

July 4 @ 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 July 21st-22nd, 3 places

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

Course Aug. 11th, Grow Veg No Dig 9 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, 12 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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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 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 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 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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