Course – No Dig Weekend Intensive
April 27 - April 28 @ 10:30 am - 2:30 pm £330
You learn the advantages of no dig for growing, both on small and on a larger scale. I explain the win-win facets of growing in mulched, undisturbed soil. 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 of fertility, by wheelbarrow, and it is possible in all weathers.
I explain details of salad growing and picking for sale. There is plenty to see. Also I show you washing and packing.
We look at compost making, and the examples of compost at different stages in my compost bay. Also we look at examples of bought compost and animal manures, and their value for growing, and costs.
I explain the value of becoming skilled at propagation, how little space you actually need to grow hundreds of plants at one time, and thousands over the season. Currently I am propagating basil, cucumber, tomatoes and many frost sensitive plants.
Many crops are still covered in fleece and you can see how easy that is to do, and its immense benefits and cost-effectiveness.
You learn time-saving tips in many aspects of growing, from watering and plant care, to weeding less, and picking more. Yield per square metre is a key goal. We are discussing something difficult to achieve, profitability in growing veg.
The course is based on my experience of no dig growing since 1982, in four different market gardens, on soils ranging from stone brash to white clay. It’s a fine opportunity to share time, in a group of no more than twelve people, with an acknowledged master of his craft.
Refreshments are all included, not least the fine lunches of home milled bread and more vegetable dishes than you normally see at one meal.
Mattresses are available for Saturday night, bring your bedding. And do check the b&b recommendations at the bottom of the Course page, where you can see more details on what is covered.
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.
Alhampton, Shepton Mallet
BA4 6PZ United Kingdom