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July 2017

Day course July 29th 10.30am-4pm, Homeacres, full

July 29 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

A day course to enthuse and and inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food. The garden is fully planted and already has many second plantings. I explain how we propagate and plant 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, and many seedlings are being propagated in the greenhouse. We look at compost making, and examples of compost at different stages in my…

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August 2017

Grow veg no dig, August 5th day course full

August 5 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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Gardening masterclass at The Guardian, London 20th August

August 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
The Guardian, 90 York Way
London, N19GU United Kingdom
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£103.46

Alys Fowler on creating the perfect environment for growing fruit and vegetables in your garden, allotment or windowsill Hollie Newton on garden design for beginners, where to find inspiration, going beyond plants, making your garden useful and how to get an expensive-looking result while spending as little money as possible Charles Dowding on the reasons why the no dig approach is so successful and grows so few weeds, saving time, clearing weeds by mulching, 10 years of trialling dig versus…

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No dig weekend intensive course, full

August 26 @ 10:00 am - August 27 @ 3:15 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£245

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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Grow veg no dig, Sept. 9th day course, full

September 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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Grow veg no dig, Sept. 10th day course 6 places

September 10 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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Garden talks day at Hauser & Wirth Somerset BA10 0NL 16th September

September 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane
Bruton, BA100NL United Kingdom
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In the pavilion above Piet Oudolf's garden. Free admission, you need to book.  These are the talks: 10am: Saskia Marjoram on The Essential Power of Flowers 11am: Adam Hunt and Lulu Urquhart on The Building of the Oudolf Meadow 12pm: Charles Dowding on Making the Most of Your Veg Patch 1pm: Possibly a tour of Oudolf field with Mark the head gardener 2pm: Georgie Newbery on Growing Flowers for Cutting 3pm: Steph Hafferty on Sustainable Potions for the House and Garden…

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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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Grow veg no dig, Sept. 20th day course, 6 places

September 20 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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Grow veg no dig, Sept. 23rd day course, 7 places

September 23 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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

Grow veg no dig, Oct.4th day course 8 places

October 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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Grow veg no dig, Oct.14th day course 9 places

October 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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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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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£125

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

Charles at the Scottish flower growers’ conference, Edinburgh

November 6 @ 10:30 am

A conference on growing flowers in Scotland, at  Summerhall, Summerhall Place, Edinburgh EH9 1PL I am speaking on growing without soil disturbance, no dig. Soil care for healthy plants.

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No dig weekend intensive course, 2 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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£245

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

Northern tour Jan 30th-Feb 5th 2018

30th January 2018 @ 2:00 pm - 5th February 2018 @ 10:00 pm

I am giving several talks on no dig gardening and growing healthy veg, starting in York on 30th January with a talk to the students at Askham Bryan College. Then in the evening I am speaking in the city at St Saviourgate Methodist Church. From there I have talks arranged in Durham on 31st, Perth on 2nd February, Aberdeen (Newton Dee Camphill Village) and in Greenock near Glasgow on 3rd, Ordshall Hall Salford on 4th and Lytham St Annes near Blackpool…

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Talk in York, no dig gardening 30th January 7.30pm

30th January 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Central Methodist Church St Saviourgate, St Saviourgate
York, YO18NQ United Kingdom
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£3 - £5

Organised by St Nicks. We are very excited that Charles has accepted our invitation and is coming to York as part of his Northern tour. His methods synchronise nicely with the One Planet Living principles which St Nicks promotes, so we shall give him a warm welcome in York. And please help spread the word. Doors open from 7pm, refreshments are available. Charles explains and illustrates no dig gardening, and how it helps to grow more food with less effort, in a…

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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 organic, no dig gardening in Perth, 2nd February

2nd February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Craigclowan Preparatory School, Edinburgh Road
Perth, PH28PS United Kingdom
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£5

I am speaking on no dig gardening and growing great vegetables naturally. For me the most important part of organic is often overlooked: soil life. I have seen certified-organic holdings where the soil is rotovated to death! No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed with no dig, and the benefits you then enjoy.

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Talk on No Dig at Greenock nr. Glasgow PA16 8TT 3rd February 8pm

3rd February 2018 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Caddlehill Allotments, Kelly Street
Greenock, PA168TT
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£7

At the Allotment Clubhouse at the top of Kelly Street in Greenock ; Caddlehill Allotments and Gardens Kelly Street Greenock PA16 8TT OS Grid Reference: NS 2689 76193 We have put the start time as being 19:30 to allow everyone to get seated before the BIG SHOW.

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Charles’ talk at Ordshall Hall, Salford 4th February, 6pm

4th February 2018 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Ordsall Hall, Ordsall Lane
Salford, Lancs M53an United Kingdom
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£6

A talk on no dig gardening and growing great veg more easily, at this lovely venue near Manchester http://www.salfordcommunityleisure.co.uk/culture/ordsall-hall

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Talk on no dig in Lytham St Annes, 5th February

5th February 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Methodist Hall, Park Street
Lytham St Annes, FY85LU United Kingdom
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£6

I am speaking 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. Ticketed event for Mythop Rd Allotment Association, and others if space allows. Apply for tickets to the address below.

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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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March 2018

Talk to NVS Surrey 14th March

14th March 2018 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm
E. Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Av, E Horsley
Leatherhead, Surrey KT246QT United Kingdom
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In the Main Hall of East Horsley Village Hall, Kingston Avenue, East Horsley, Leatherhead, Surrey KT24 6QT for 8pm.  East Horsley Village Hall is lovely, very close to RHS Garden Wisley. Talk title tbc.

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