Videos


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 …

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

Join me on a tour of my garden, just less than five years since I started with a weedy field, see this video from 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 a…

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 …

Increase harvests by planting early, before new plantings in summer

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 + use same easy 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 I explain filling with compost and I sow/plant after firming. 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.…

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…

Organic, no dig gardening: wonderful weathered compost in spring, ready for seeds and plants

See the result of winter weather on aged cow and horse manure, spread in early winter https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VJhGIrqKs1k&t=1s. The bed is now ready for cropping all year without adding any other feed, and we already planted peas for shoots as first crop, to be followed by celery. The nutrie…

Making compost from garden and other wastes, the principles and some results

I explain green and brown ingredients, using coffee and other wastes including roots of perennial weeds and blighted leaves. What size pieces to add, what temperatures you need and may expect. How long to leave heaps before turning or using, I show you compost in different stages, of varied age and …

Charles turns a tonne of compost. Four minute time lapse of an hour's work

I improve compost quality and texture by turning/moving a whole heap, with a manure fork, to an adjacent area. Turning is an opportunity to break up lumps and admit fresh air, which feeds bacteria and helps further breakdown. This heap was assembled in October and had been slowly maturing through wi…

Best and easy methods for storing veg through winter, apples too, from harvests in summer and autumn

Easy and quick ways to store vegetables for several months through autumn and winter, showing best methods for each one. I am in a temperate climate zone 8, night temperatures rarely below -8C 18F; in colder areas you need a cellar or extra insulation. More on this in my books Winter Vegetables, No …

Growing and harvesting vegetables outdoors in winter, zone 8/9, 51N

Temperate oceanic climate, 30 miles from the Atlantic at 51N, low light levels. Average 55 frosts per winter of -1 to -8C (30-18F); these leaf-producing plants survive most winters, when sown early autumn as in the video.The parsnips (sown March) survive much frost and improve in flavour, see how th…

A year of fertility from compost applied once, even when double cropping

The beautiful simplicity of no dig gardening and it's quick and easy ground maintenance. At Homeacres the soil is healthy and clear of weeds, thanks to mulching and no dig. No fertilisers used, even organic ones. The first year of clearing weeds is more difficult, after which you reap the rewards of…

Speedy ten minute preparation of a no dig bed for winter, spring, summer and autumn, 28s time lapse

Few weeds in no dig means it takes little time to clear any that are there, rake level and spread (in this case) approx. 2in (5cm) of compost over the surface. The compost holds nutrients in water-insoluble form so no cover is needed. Winter weather and frosts soften the compost and you can sow/plan…

Best timings and methods for bigger harvests

Easier and quicker ways to sow, plant, weed, feed and enjoy the harvests in their best season: Charles Dowding's Diary. It's a perpetual diary, see here http://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/product/charles-dowdings-vegetable-garden-diary/ and buy in shops, pub. No Dig Garden 2016. Filmed, edited at Homea…

Garden myths that take our time

I ask why its recommended to garden in ways that take longer, or using methods that give less harvests. An introduction to my book which looks at 99 myths. Filmed and edited by Edward Dowding https://edowding.net while Gardening Myths and Misconceptions is available at http://www.charlesdowding.co.…

No dig, two ways to clear weeds

Charles demonstrates and explains two methods of clearing weeds to grow vegetables, without digging soil or removing any weeds or soil. Mulches were applied at his Homeacres garden during the past 6-12 months, and you see the results: crops taken, while soil is being cleared of weeds, some of which …

Rotation: how necessary is it for vegetables?

The third video of those we made on 14th September 2016. This one looks at the growth of cabbage, calabrese, winter squash and climbing beans, after preceding crops of the same. I draw no conclusions but there are interesting implications. Filming and editing by Edward Dowding. The first video is "C…

Comparing growth of the same vegetables, with mulches of different composts

Observing growth and measuring harvests from two strips of ground at Homeacres, 6.5x29.5ft, 2x9m. One strip (no.3) is mulched each winter with 2in/5cm composted cow manure, the other (strip 2) with 2in/5cm bought compost; both strips are no dig. In the thumbnail, parsnips on right are cow manure, in…

Comparing growth and harvests in adjacent strips, dug/forked and no dig

In the fourth year of this trial 2016. Two adjacent strips of ground 6.5ft (2m) wide, and 29.5ft (9m) long. Strip one has it's soil loosened with a fork (after originally turning over the pasture January 2013, see thumbnail) then is mulched with 2in/5cm compost each winter. The beds of strip 2 are s…