Seminar – Simplifying the rules
February 16 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Easier ways to a successful vegetable and fruit garden
Suitable for all levels of experience. I explain how you can have more enjoyment, through cutting out unnecessary jobs.
1 Save time with quicker methods
A 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 the desired result of healthy, happy plants, which includes sowing vegetable seeds at the best and most efficient dates.
2 Salad leaves all year
How to grow and pick large and repeat harvests from a small area, even in winter
Exploring the wonderful range of plants to grow for salad leaves. I emphasise two
ways above all of increasing harvests:
a) Sow the right plant for each different season, for example sow salad rocket in August not April,
b) Give plants sufficient space so that outer leaves can be picked over a long period. This also reduces slugs and disease.
Lots of illustrations to demonstrate these points, with an explanation of the benefits of compost mulches.
3 Succession planting and winter vegetables
Food in winter and the hungry gap too, both from fresh harvests and from stored veg, with my tips on easier ways to store harvests.
A look at garlic, onions, potato, parsnip, leeks and brassicas as well as salads, broad beans, spring onion and cabbage for the hungry gap.
I cover the value of good soil preparation, without digging, of making and using compost, and of sowing at the best time, especially after midsummer when shortening days mean that you reap rewards from adhering to precise sowing dates.
“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.
North Chichester, West Sussex
PO18 0QZ United Kingdom