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How to Grow Beetroot is 2017 Finalist in Garden Media Guilds Awards, along with two BBC garden films. 
award winning video, Edward Dowding, how to grow,

One of the three best TV broadcasts, How to Grow Beetroot (see below)

Grow leeks from multisown modules: quicker, cheaper, easier, high yield

I have been multi-sowing many vegetables since the 1980s, and lately the method has become popular. No wonder in view of the money, time and space you save in propagation. Then there is the benefit of companion cropping, because plants stay with their mates when planted and establish more quickly. …

Grow peas for pods: small, large or mangetout, from plants of varied size, with supports

Get these few things right and your peas can grow like crazy. Plus I show ways to support taller varieties, and show different types of pea because there are many choices - read the small print before buying seed! Follow me on Instagram charles_dowding Learn more on my website https://www.charlesdo…

Introduction to Charles Dowding videos, easier ways to grow great veg

Showing the range of topics you can find on this channel. The knowledge you need to enjoy wonderful harvests in less time. Easy soil preparation no dig, best sowing dates, how to be weed free, & protect your crops from pests. Based on 35 years experience of growing for market and home. Follow me on …

Spinach for many harvests, sow early or late, space for long lived plants

True spinach, not leaf beet, is as delicious in salad as it is cooked. You enjoy most harvests when it's sown very early, or in late summer. See the results of using both sowing dates, and tips on picking to give a longer harvest season. Called "The prince of vegetables" in 12th century Arabia. More…

Grow calabrese and cabbage for early harvests, use same method for late cropping too

These early and substantial harvests are before the arrival of brassica caterpillars, and finish in time to plant a second vegetable. Tips include to raise plug plants, use fleece/row cover and be #nodig for less slugs, fewer weeds and warmer soil.In this climate zone (8b mild, temperate) you can a…

Grow coriander and dill for frequent harvests over a long period

I share ways to enjoy tender leaves for much of the year, using the first sowing in February to show the pattern of growth, until they Flower in early summer. Sow again in May and above all in late summer for harvests in autumn, even in winter undercover. Filmed and edited in my no dig garden by Edw…

Increase harvests with two crops in one year, I show the summer/second plantings

Summer sowing and planting to fill gaps as they appear after harvests of spinach, cabbage, beetroot, potatoes etc. This no dig bed of 7.5sqm/80sqft gave 120kg/266lb in one year. We filmed the first plantings in June 2017 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9yl8LIs5t2A Filmed. edited by Edward Dowding S…

No Dig: feed the soil not the plants for many, easier harvests and few weeds

After 11 months of no feeds or fertilisers, see the fine growth of Homeacres vegetables, many planted in summer after clearing first harvests, and no compost or other food added. In undisturbed and mulched soil, organisms manage resources better plus plants root more easily, as you see here. No dig …

Kale's fantastic range of varieties for tasty harvests, raw or cooked, over a long period

I show some of kale's wonderful possibilities, grown in no dig, surface-composted soil. Many varieties together give colourful harvests for much of the year. More details on my blog, this one is current https://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/nov-17-mid-month/ Filmed at Homeacres 9.19.17 and edited by Davi…

Autumn harvests from summer plantings, no feeds given just a quick clear and replant

See how to grow a wide variety of vegetables in autumn, straight after clearing harvests such as onions, courgettes/zucchini and wild rocket. I show you vegetables you can sow and plant in summer, and how fast they grow. There is no need to add any feed or fertiliser, when you give some compost in l…

Grow onions and spring onions from seed, for large harvests of high quality

Onions from seed have less disease problems than onions from sets. I show a simple multisow method to start them undercover, and the high yield of bulbs - 12kg/26.4lb from 8 modules. Plus a harvest of 1.3kg/2.8lb spring onions. Also see how to grow early spring onions, from a sowing in late summer. …

Winter Squash Winter Beans: food to store for months, from autumn harvests

(Do read this for more info!) High value veg to nourish us in winter and spring, with wonderful flavour and nutrient density. Beans are so worthwhile for their protein, squash for their sweetness. Climatically this garden is zone 8b, summer days mostly 20-22C or 70F, last frost mid May, first one m…

Three strip trial: effects (or not) of no rotation + comparing forked soil & no dig

Three trials are running in these strips since 2013. One is to see how veg grow without rotation https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXQNnJOBQJc, another is to compare strips where beds are either forked or no dig https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tLHtveS3qJg and the third is comparing strips of the same …

Discover the problems when you plant in fresh manure rather than compost

A trial, NOT a recommendation, of growing in fresh horse manure with straw and a bit of hay, from the neighbour's heap. I shall add the final results here in November 2017 with details of harvests, including a comparison with the kohlrabi planted into composted manure in the nearby heap. Currently …

No dig garden fifth summer: veg, fruit, flowers, intense cropping and easy weeding.

Five years since I mulched a weedy field, compare with this video of my first summer in 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HATC3rG6NbQ. No dig means surface feeding of soil organisms, which then aerate soil and make food available to plants: see how this results in my abundance of veg, fruit and…

Seed Saving

See me saving seeds of lettuce, tomatoes, peas and beans. I explain the principles, timings and techniques, it's not difficult but you need to know which vegetables self-pollinate or cross-pollinate, how much growing time and space is needed, and how to harvest. More information in No Dig Organic Ho…

Watering

When and how to water more efficiently: seedlings, undercover plants, different vegetables and according to the stage of growth. Filmed at Homeacres July 2017 after a long dry spell - after which it rained a lot! Filmed, edited by my son Edward https://www.edowding.net, more information in my books …

First plantings of half season veg before seconds in summer, 120kg/264lb veg in year

In June, see the results or sowing undercover in late winter, plants set out early spring and protected by fleece/row cover. Easy growing, no dig with little weeding. There are flashbacks to my planting method and spacing, plus the harvests already taken. By early summer, except for parsnips, these …

Side-shooting and training cordon tomatoes, cucumber, aubergine undercover

How to control summer growth of cordon plants (not bush cucumber and tomato outside) in order to have healthy plants all summer, with large and easier-to-pick fruits over a long period, even without feeding. The strings are placed under plants' rootballs at planting time, new roots hold them in plac…

Beetroot: succeed with early sowings & harvest, same method for autumn/winter roots

Zone 8/8, see how beetroot can mature in half a season: sow seeds undercover a month before the first growing weather, then 4-6 weeks later cover plants in an outdoor bed with fleece/row cover for early harvests. Sow again in early summer to plant after clearing spring veg. Tips on preparing roots a…

Ways to reduce pest damage on different vegetables, through understanding the pests

Keep pests off your plants with covers of mesh, fleece and netting of different mesh size. I show some crops which may need protection. Healthy plants attract less pests: I suggest ways of increasing health such as sowing at the most favourable time, according to each vegetable - see here for detail…

How to grow pea shoots for many harvests off a small area: multisow, interplant, many picks

The methods I show for bigger, earlier harvests include to choose a vigorous variety, raise plants undercover, multisown, interplant between other veg if you have no space available, use fleece/row cover and how you can harvest off the same plant over two months. Filmed at Homeacres UK zone 8/9, Feb…

Create a no dig raised bed, compost on weeds, with tips on planting + see the growth

I show how to prepare and assemble a wooden frame, lay it on weedy ground without any digging, then fill with compost, firm and plant straightaway. I made the bed in August 2016, and the stages of filling and planting were also filmed by BBCtv for Gardeners World, screened 21/04/2017. More on no di…

Charles' talk 2017: Growing high yields all year, in less time and space, no dig, few weeds

A pay-for, edited film of my no dig talk. It summarises my experiences and results, and gives you a view of the slide presentation, as well as my speaking. I explain my methods for year-round vegetables with least effort: how no dig works to grow more in a small space and more quickly, how to extend…

Pick & regrow salad leaves through winter, 2kg/4.5lb from three trays, 18 plants

You can replicate this method outdoors in summer, say in window boxes. This shows winter harvests in an unheated, unlit greenhouse zone 8/9, frosts to -5C/22F. Reusable trays lined with paper, filled with multipurpose compost, no feeds or fertilisers. Just 6 plants in each tray, many types, and my s…