Talk – No Dig
February 07 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm £9
No dig is the easiest way to a successful vegetable and fruit garden, and it’s suitable for all levels of experience. I explain how you can have more enjoyment, through cutting out unnecessary jobs.
Save time with quicker methods: we look at many misunderstandings which have a common theme: they waste the gardener’s time, from digging and washing pots to making large planting holes and separating bindweed roots from other compost ingredients. I explain how these misunderstandings have arisen and illustrate quicker ways to achieve best results.
The talk is full of photos of my garden during 80 minutes of inspiration and information. Encourage soil life and enjoy harvests, more quickly and easily, followed by questions and answers. Special tips for seasonal sowing, not quite yet!
I show how I make and use compost at Homeacres, and also illustrate some different composts you can buy. Details of 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.
Compost is the best mulch in out damp UK climate, because it does not offer habitat to slugs. Avoid mulching with straw or hay. Paths can have mulches of half-decomposed and small pieces of wood, but always being careful not to increase slug habitat.
Nutrients become available when needed by plants, through a combination of air and soil temperatures being high enough for plant photosynthesis/metabolism, which causes roots to signal fungi with requests for food, and moisture too
Chemical fertilisers are a chancy and polluting way to feed plants because they are water soluble, damage soil fungi and they may be leached out by rain, before plants can use them all.
After my talk, I take questions, then have books for sale including Steph’s Creative Kitchen, and my wall calendar.
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The photo is an outdoor harvest of February 2018.
“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.