Course – Grow Veg No Dig 5 places
May 18 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm £165
I explain and illustrate my no dig principles, so you learn how to 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 enjoyable. Especially weeding.
Experienced gardeners learn many time-saving methods and see ways to increase the growth and health of their plants.
Preparing ground and making new beds is possible even now. I use Homeacres garden to illustrate the joys of no dig growing and how abundant it can be. There is already plenty to learn outside, plus in the greenhouse and polytunnel.
You see first plantings and how they are now starting to grow fast, having been protected with fleece, against winds and pests.
Part of the course is about compost making, using the examples of my composting process here. Which ingredients are good to use, in what proportions, how big a heap to have, whether it needs to get hot, how long to leave it and whether turning is worthwhile. Then a look at assessing the readiness of compost, when to spread it and how to deal with the weed seeds.
In addition we look at other types of compost and the best ones to buy, plus how long you may or may not need to keep them in a heap before spreading.
I explain the details of surface composting to feed both soil and plants for a whole year, in one dressing and with no other plant feeds needed.
Finally we look at propagation and I show you composts, module trays, sowing methods and suggest timings. First sowings undercover have already been planted, such as onion, spring onion, lettuce, spinach, Greyhound cabbage, coriander Cruiser and Boltardy beetroot. You see the greenhouse still has seed and module trays benefiting from its warmth, to grow celeriac, squash, climbing beans and cucumbers + tomatoes, unless they are already planted undercover.
For more details on what is covered please see my Courses page.
Our price includes VAT, lunch and all refreshments.
“Many thanks for making the journey to Sheffield last week, and providing such a fantastic and stimulating talk for our audience. Everyone loved it!”
Gareth Roberts of Regather
Sheffield’s Festival of Debate Talk Attendee
“Charles has become the guru of no dig gardening. He’s a really good grower, organic, has fabulous produce and we went down to Somerset to see how he does it…. I’m a convert now, I want to dig as little as possible.”
BBC Gardeners World
I came on a course last August, and it has given me so much direction and understanding in my gardening thinking. And your updates through the winter are an absolute tonic.
@charles_dowding has changed my life! I tried for so many years to grow veg, read loads of books and just made a lot of slugs very happy. In 2016 I decided to give it one last try before packing it in. I religiously followed his book, sticking to exactly the varieties he recommended. I followed his sowing times on the monthly Newsletter and the difference in what I can grow has been phenomenal! Having regular pickings of salads like this at this time of year used to be a far off dream!
Kat Hall (@there.she.grows)
Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
BA4 6PZ United Kingdom