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March 2017

Grow veg no dig, March 12th day course 5 places

12th March 2017 @ 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 inform you of easier and time saving ways to grow great food. Much of the course is indoors at this time of year, but in any decent weather there is also plenty to see in the garden, including overwintered vegetables, mulched beds ready to grow, the polytunnel salads, and greenhouse propagation, with a  month old hotbed and new seedlings emerging. We look at compost making, and examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. Also I show you examples…

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Grow veg no dig, March 15th day course full

15th March 2017 @ 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. Much of the course is indoors at this time of year, but in fair weather there is also plenty to see in the garden, including overwintered vegetables, mulched beds ready to grow, the polytunnel salads, and greenhouse propagation, with a  month old hotbed and new seedlings emerging. We look at compost making, and examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. And I show…

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Talk at Lympstone Village Hall Mar. 18th

18th March 2017 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Lympstone Village Hall EX85JY + Google Map
£6

A talk on salad growing, myths and how understanding them saves time, growing vegetables for winter and all with a no dig approach. My emphasis always is on gardening more efficiently, by tuning in more to natural processes to work with, not against them. It's easy to say that and it has taken 35 years to be where I am now, with masses of evidence for simpler ways that sometimes go against traditional advice. To buy tickets for the talk, use…

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Talk on food growing, Glastonbury 19th March

19th March 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Red Brick Building, Morland Enterprise Park
Glastonbury, BA69FT United Kingdom
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At Glastonbury Community's Seed Swap event, 12-5pm. Mine is 2pm on Healthy abundance all year, no dig A talk by Steph too at 3pm, on potions from garden plants. Details on Facebook.

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No dig talks at the Conference for Sustainable Agriculture

23rd March 2017 @ 9:00 am - 24th March 2017 @ 5:00 pm
Palazzo Baldeschi Paciano, Umbria 06060 Italy + Google Map

This brand new and unique event has a stellar line up of speakers, including Jean Martin Fortier from Canada. He speaks Thursday 23rd, I speak on Friday 24th. There is an address from the University of Padua with results from their four year trial into no dig cereals. The conference addresses the sustainability of agriculture - the effects of alternative and conventional farming on sustainability. No dig - lower inputs and higher yields, two very good reasons to consider no…

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Grow abundant veg, talk Newton Ferrers Devon, 28.03. 2017

28th March 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Newton Ferrers Plymouth, Devon United Kingdom

Grow more, for less effort, to Yealm Garden Society. No dig, mulching weeds, controlling pests, special tips for salad growing and picking. Tickets £3 for non members of the club, on the door.

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April 2017

Grow veg no dig, April 1st day course 2 places

1st April 2017 @ 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. Some of the course is indoors at this time of year, and in decent weather there is also plenty to see in the garden, including overwintered vegetables, mulched beds ready to grow, the polytunnel salads, and greenhouse propagation, with a  six week old hotbed and many new seedlings. We look at compost making, and examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. Also I…

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Grow veg no dig, April 5th day course 3 places

5th April 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125
Spring course Charles Dowding

Learn to grow vegetables more easily and more quickly

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Landbase market garden course, 8th-10th April, full

8th April 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10th April 2017 @ 5:00 pm
£190

Three successive days of learning, with a great variety of teaching and venues. 8th at Trill Farm with Ashley and Kate Wheeler 9th at Longmeadow, Hugh Chapman in Godmanstone nr Dorchester 10th here with Charles. See event website for details.

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Talk at RHS Cardiff Show, 8th April 12.30pm

8th April 2017 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
Cardiff, Bute Park
Cardiff, CF103EA United Kingdom
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My talk is: High yields of vegetables all year and less weeds. The Cardiff Show is in a lovely location near the castle, Sophia Gardens, central and park-like.

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No dig weekend intensive course, 3 places

15th April 2017 @ 10:00 am - 16th April 2017 @ 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 at Homeacres and how he sells the vegetables. An intensive weekend of no dig, organic growing.

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Charles talks at the Scythe Fair, Thorney Lakes Somerset 11th June

25th April 2017 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thorney Lakes, Thorney, near Muchelney
Langport, TA100DW United Kingdom
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An informal introduction to no dig gardening, with plenty of Q & A. In the workshop space tent, next to the cafe. The event is a great chance to learn about scything and to meet many crafty people. Other talks include making an outdoor kitchen and starting a community project.

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May 2017

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

1st May 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 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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Grow veg no dig, May 6th day course full

6th May 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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

7th May 2017 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sustainability Centre, East Meon
Petersfield, GU32 1HR United Kingdom
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£7

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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A day with Charles and Jez at Daylesford Organic Farm

11th May 2017 @ 10:15 am - 4:00 pm
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
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£125

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

14th May 2017 @ 11:00 am - 3:00 pm
Loddington Farm, Linton
Maidstone, ME17 4AG
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£60

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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Day course at Ballymaloe Cookery School, Ireland, full

27th May 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Ballymaloe Cookery School, Organic Farm and Gardens, Shanagarry
Cork, Ireland
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£150

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

28th May 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Grow HQ Waterford, Farronshoneen, Dunmore Road
Waterford, Cork Ireland
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£65

"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

29th May 2017 @ 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

Grow veg no dig, June 7th day course, full

7th June 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

See and learn the wonderful methods of Charles Dowding in his no dig garden

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

10th June 2017 @ 10:00 am - 11th June 2017 @ 4:30 pm
Dingestow Court Monmouth, United Kingdom + Google Map
£150

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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No dig workshop June 11th at Somerset’s Green Scythe Fair

11th June 2017 @ 11:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thorney Lakes, Thorney, near Muchelney
Langport, TA100DW United Kingdom
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£5

This link explains all. It's a fun event with loads to see and do and learn. Steph and I shall sign and sell our new book after my talk and Q/A's.

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Open day, part of Alhampton gardens event 18th June

18th June 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£5

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

19th June 2017 @ 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

24th June 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 25th June 2017 @ 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

Grow veg no dig, July 1st day course full

1st July 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£125

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

3rd July 2017 @ 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

23rd July 2017 @ 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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Day course July 29th 10.30am-4pm, Homeacres, full

29th July 2017 @ 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

5th August 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
£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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No dig weekend intensive course, full

26th August 2017 @ 10:00 am - 27th August 2017 @ 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 12-5pm

3rd September 2017 @ 12:00 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

9th September 2017 @ 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, full

10th September 2017 @ 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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No dig at Daylesford, Cotswolds 11th September

11th September 2017 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Daylesford Organic Farm, Daylesford
Kingham, Gloucestershire GL56 0YG
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£155

A day to learn about no dig gardening, also to explore the large Market Garden with Charles and Jez the grower, see the effect of tractor cultivation, weeds. Details here  

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

16th September 2017 @ 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

19th September 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Wotton Under Edge Club room, Gloucester St GL127DN + 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, full

20th September 2017 @ 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, full

23rd September 2017 @ 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 full

4th October 2017 @ 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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Talk in Galway, Ireland Friday 20th October

20th October 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road
Galway City, Ireland
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Part of the Galway Green Leaf Festival at Harbour Hotel, near the city centre. This is a free event, but you need to mail Arlene Finn the organiser, see the link below. My talk is in the afternoon. Fully illustrated with tips for no dig, and all about growing veg more simply and quickly, including salad leaves all year. Other  talks by Dee Sewell of Greenside Up Veg, and Dr Colin Sage of Cork University. Plus members of Galway Community…

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November 2017

Two no dig day courses in Ireland, Organic Centre Nov 3rd, 4th

3rd November 2017 - 4th November 2017
The Organic Centre Rossinver, County Leitrim Ireland + Google Map
Euro65

Charles Dowding explains how to grow wonderful vegetables without disturbing the soil. On of the wonderful results is few weeds.

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Charles at the Scottish flower growers’ conference, Edinburgh

6th November 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
£70

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. See the event link for more details, the day costs £55 members and £70 non members.

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No dig weekend intensive course, full

11th November 2017 @ 10:00 am - 12th November 2017 @ 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

15th November 2017 @ 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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No dig weekend intensive, full

18th November 2017 @ 10:00 am - 19th November 2017 @ 3:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£245

Sorry sold out, the next weekend course is the following weekend 25th-26th, then in February then March, posting soon. 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…

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January 2018

Afternoon talk at Bleddfa Centre near Knighton, Mid Wales, 10th January

January 10 @ 3:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Bleddfa Centre, Bleddfa
Knighton, LD71PA United Kingdom
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£10

I explain the reasons for and methods needed for no dig gardening, and growing great vegetables naturally. For me the most important part of organic is often overlooked: soil life. No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed with no dig, and the benefits you then enjoy. Lots of detail about growing food more efficiently, reliably and saving much time. Time for plenty of Q & A. Sorry this event is sold out.

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Talk in Hereford, The Courtyard Arts Centre 7.30pm

January 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Theatre Hereford, HR49JR + Google Map

An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. Buy tickets here For allotment association members: Enter code DIRTCHEAP FOR £4.50 tickets. or phone to book 01432 340555 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…

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Talk at Dulverton Town Hall, No Dig Abundance, fewer weeds

January 18 @ 7:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dulverton Town Hall, 27 Fore Street
Dulverton, Somerset TA229EX United Kingdom
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£5

How to clear weeds by mulching, how to use compost and how much, conserving soil carbon to help climate change, propagating plants

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Course January 20th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

January 20 @ 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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Talk: Inside soil, from the outside, Bruton 25th January

January 25 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Hauser & Wirth Somerset, Durslade Farm, Dropping Lane
Bruton, BA100NL United Kingdom
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I discuss “the intimacies of soil”. Soil in detail, not land in general. About how little we know of the life in there, and how we can help soil organisms ... to do their work in a way that benefits us and our need for food, which leads to all the benefits of no dig organic, which I illustrate with slides. A free talk, though you will probably need to book, see the event website.   Part of a major…

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Talk at Askham Bryan College York 2pm 30th Jan

January 30
Askham Bryan College, York, Askham Bryan
York, YO233FR
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This one is for trade and professionals, in case any of you are reading here.. then in the evening I am speaking at St Saviours in York city centre. Horticulture Conference Tuesday 30th January 2018 A day full of expert talks & practical workshops, aimed at students, those considering a future in the industry and local professionals 9-10am Tamara Bridge Chelsea Flower Show Garden Designer 10-12pm Jamie Butterworth (former student, RHS Ambassador) & London Stone 1-2pm Chartered Institute of Horticulture…

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Northern tour Jan 30th-Feb 5th 2018

January 30 @ 2:00 pm - February 5 @ 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 (sorry sold out), Ordshall Hall Salford on 4th and Lytham St…

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Talk in York, no dig gardening 30th January 7pm, arrive from 6.30

January 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Central Methodist Church St Saviourgate, St Saviourgate
York, YO18NQ United Kingdom
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£3 – £5
talk, Charles Dowding, no dig

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 6.30pm, refreshments are available, buy tickets here. Charles explains and illustrates no dig gardening, and how it helps to grow more food with less…

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Talk in Durham 31st January

January 31 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Bowburn Community Centre, Durham Road, Bowburn
Durham, DH65AT
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£7

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

February 2 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Craigclowan Preparatory School, Edinburgh Road
Perth, PH28PS United Kingdom
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£5.90

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! And then the weeds grow... No dig embraces the universe under our feet and I explain how to proceed with no dig, and the benefits you then enjoy. Ticketa are available here on Eventbrite, from £0-5.90.

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Talk at Newton Dee near Aberdeen, 3rd Febuary midday

February 3 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Phoenix Community Centre, Newton Dee Village, Bieldside
Aberdeen, AB159DX
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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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Talk on No Dig at Greenock nr. Glasgow PA16 8TT 3rd February 8pm

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

Sorry sold out 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. SaveSave

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

February 4 @ 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 Buy tickets here  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/charles-dowding-no-dig-tickets-38508780800

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

February 5 @ 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. More details on the Association's FB page

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Talk on no dig organic gardening, Broadhembury, Devon

February 7 @ 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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Course February 10th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

February 10 @ 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 February 11th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

February 11 @ 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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Talk on No Dig gardening at Tuppenny Barn, nr. Chichester 16th February

February 16 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuppenny Barn, Main Road
Southbourne, W Sussex PO108EZ United Kingdom
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An illustrated, one hour 30 minute talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests such as in the photo, followed by questions and answers.

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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

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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£5
Photo by Jason Ingram for Charles Dowding Diary cover

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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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 4th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

April 4 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 pm
Homeacres, Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
Somerset, Somerset BA4 6PZ United Kingdom
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£150
Charles Dowding Homeacres May 2017

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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Talk on no dig, Somerset Levels

April 10 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Othery village hall TA70QS United Kingdom + Google Map
£6
Charles Dowding talk British Flowers

Learn many time-saving tips and ways to take the stress out of gardening. See how it makes sense to do less while enjoying your garden more. I reveal the simple to understand secrets of no dig. The village hall is easy to find, on the A361 opposite Maisey's Bakery.

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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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Talk at Baltonsborough Village Hall, No dig explained 13th April

April 13 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Baltonsborough Village Hall, Ham Street
Baltonsborough, Somerset BA68PX United Kingdom
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£8.50
Charles spring lettuce & spinach, no dig

An illustrated, one hour fifteen minute talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. No dig is key to saving time and Charles explains how it works, why it works, how to practice it in different situations. See 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…

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Day course, next level no dig & veg growing, full

April 14 @ 10:30 am - 4:00 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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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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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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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. (Homeacres is not open to the public), more details here 

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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 the garden costs £5, all for 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. Meanwhile down at the Alhampton Inn, near the road to Homeacres, there is tea and cake for sale between 2.30 and 4.30pm. Please do not park on the narrow road to my garden, however you can drive past Homeacres and park where signed on the right, at…

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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 no dig

An illustrated, one hour talk on how to have healthy soil and enjoy easier harvests, followed by questions and answers. Here is a page where you can email Martyn Astley for tickets. 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…

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August 2018

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

August 1 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 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.  Tickets are 25 Euros and include garden access plus refreshments Info here https://www.carlowgardentrail.com/event/charles-dowding-at-shankill-castle/ you can book a ticket here http://shankillcastle.com/charles-dowding/

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September 2018

Open Day 11.30am-4.30pm this Sunday 2nd, park in field only

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

No need to book, just turn up and have a look around. Before that if driving, parking is in the field on left, 100m before Homeacres, you will be guided. The narrow lane and village road are residents' only parking. Homeacres is 3/4 acre of garden altogether: Quarter acre/1000m2 no dig veg, fruit and flowers. Free entry, donations for Send a Cow and Youth Moves in Bristol. Books for sale, teas by Steph and helpers, cakes!

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Course Sept.8th, Grow Veg No Dig, full

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, Full

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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Day course on no dig at The Land Gardeners, Wardington Manor, Oxfordshire, 19th September

September 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:30 pm
Wardington Manor Banbbury, Oxon OX171SW United Kingdom + Google Map
£185
No dig Wardington Manor veg garden

Learn about no dig from a slideshow then a demo in the beautiful walled garden. 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…

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Course Sept 22nd, Grow Veg No Dig, full

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, full

October 3 @ 10:30 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, full

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, full

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, for Oxford & District Federation of Allotment Associations

November 3 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road
Oxford, OX20BT United Kingdom
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£10
Charles Dowding no dig garden

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. How to crop intensively, all through the growing season. Harvesting methods to increase your take from what you plant. Tips on propagating.…

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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 on no dig at Aldborough Community Centre, November 16th

November 16 @ 7:00 pm - 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 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Norwich Quaker House, Upper 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. How to crop intensively, all through the growing season. Harvesting methods to increase your take from what you plant. Tips on propagating.…

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No Dig Gardening at Cambridge University Botanic Garden

November 17 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Cambridge University Botanic Garden, 1 Brookside
Cambridge, CB21JE
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£10

Join Charles, author and leading expert on Organic No Dig Gardening, for his advice on how to create healthy soil, reduce weeds and grow bumper harvests all year - without digging. This illustrated talk at the Botanic Garden will showcase Charles’ creation of a productive garden, and ongoing trials at Homeacres in Somerset. Following the talk there will be an opportunity for questions and answers, to talk and to purchase books

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Talk on no dig gardening, Llandeilo 24th November 2pm

November 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Llandeilo Civic Hall, Crescent Road
Llandeilo, SA196HN United Kingdom
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£8 – £10
Charles Dowding no dig talk

My illustrated talk explains why no dig works so well, and how it saves you so much time, for results at least as good as from the work of digging. Eventbrite link to buy tickets. Most soil already has a good structure for plant roots to grow, and is full of growth-enabling organisms. Millions of fungal threads, nematodes and earthworms, to name a few, are being helpful right under our feet, mostly out of sight. We need to help them…

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December 2018

Course in Weinheim Germany, no dig + market garden visit

December 3 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Villa Titiana, Birkenauer Talstraße 11
Weinheim, 69469 Germany
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€37.50
German no dig market garden

I am teaching over the weekend of December 1st-2nd at Witzenhausen University. Then giving this day course, arranged by Felix Hoffman who worked here in 2016, for a semester as part of his studies, and now runs his own, no dig market garden with CSA marketing. See details and buy tickets here. This is a no dig masterclass with a nice balance of explanation and practice. I teach in the morning, Felix shows us around in the afternoon and reveals…

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