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)

Dealing with bindweed, the long haul and mulch reduces the work

Reduce the vigour of bindweed, both Convolvulus arevensis, field bindweed with pink flowers, and Calystegia sepium, hedge bindweed with white flowers and longer stems. I have cleared or almost cleared both on large areas, but needed 2-3 years for that. No dig helps enormously. You can compost all o…

Early summer veg garden. Harvests and speedy replant, inter-sow, weed, water. make compost

Summer arrives and the garden is full, with harvests happening and more to follow (this is zone 8a oceanic temperate). I show sowing and replanting to keep the harvests coming into winter, give tips on weeding to save time in the long run, and show you the summer compost heaps. My garden is no dig a…

String under roots at planting, an easy support method for tall growth under cover

I have used this method for 35 years and show how it works for tomatoes. Also good for cucumbers, melons, peppers and aubergines - I show a two-string variation for them. No stakes or tying in. More about growing these plants, especially side-shooting in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N586k4Jv1Xg, …

How to grow radish multisow or direct for fast harvests spring and autumn

A re-release after the first upload of May 2017 disappeared from my You Tube channel. The same video, filmed and edited by Edward Dowding February to April, starting with multisowing the seeds in modules, in the greenhouse. The trays stayed in the warmth of my conservatory for a week to germinate. S…

Small Garden (3) in April 2018, how winter unfolded and new, spring plantings

Homeacres small garden of 25sqm/270sqft, no dig and compost-mulched. See the evolution of this space through a year of planting and picking a wide range of vegetables and herbs, with little weeding needed. There are limiting factors such as paving slabs in the soil, the neighbour's shrubs with moist…

Small garden (2) at winter solstice: the harvests and my plans for 2018

Homeacres small garden of 25sqm/270sqft, no dig and compost-mulched. There are limiting factors such as paving slabs in the soil, the neighbour's shrubs with moisture-sucking roots, slugs in the edges, and shade from buildings. See episode (1) for those details https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aUMbt6…

Small garden (1), varied growing & regular harvesting from 3 beds 5m/16ft long

September 2017, I introduce Homeacres small garden of 25sqm/270sqft, no dig and compost-mulched. There are limiting factors such as paving slabs in the soil, the neighbour's shrubs with moisture-sucking roots, slugs in the edges, and shade from buildings. The next video (2) will show the harvests o…

Success with seeds and plants, for a long season of full beds

Skills you need to make the most of your precious seeds and to elongate the growing season, through early sowing, overlapping crops and few empty spaces at any time. My tips cover where to sow, how to grow plants on and at what stage to set them in the ground. All with examples from my conservatory…

Lettuce love: sow, plant, protect. And the Charles Dowding picking method

Lettuce plants can produce for months when harvested by hand (no knife!) and kept tidy (fewer slugs!), I show you the method here. You also see the results of an experiment with different composts for sowing, how to plant and the use of covers to protect from weather and pests. Plus the beds are no …

Converting wastes to grow food, reducing waste in the garden

There's a lot of it around, other peoples' waste, here I convert cardboard, coffee grounds and straw/hay/manure wastes into compost. Woody wastes can be either composted or used for path mulches. And we can reduce our own wastes by being frugal with materials we use. This video was Edward's idea. Se…

Ways to grow and pick broad beans, showing results of sowing both autumn and spring

Broad or FAVA beans are a hardy vegetable which tolerate some frost. In my garden, zone 8 climate with average winter lows of -6 to -8C/20F, broad beans get their roots down in autumn and sit quietly all winter, before exploding into growth is the spring. This results in earlier and often more subst…

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 …