Videos


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)

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…

Crop On with Charles Dowding, autumn harvests from summer plantings

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. The small area here of 25sqm/270sqft is giving, in October, a lovely selection…

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 …

Charles' 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 …

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, 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 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…