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How to Grow Beetroot was 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)

Tinker bell by email August 2018
Thank you sir for your amazing video advice.
I followed your every thing to the letter I have an amazing garden and abundance 
Complete incredible stuff in under 7 months: took keys of property on 6th December last year 1 acre
Poly tunnel in place, my beds are feeding 5 people not fully but incredibly 
Thank you for changing our lives.

 

Grow chicory for beautiful hearts of radicchio, dense and bittersweet, or for chicons

Vigorous plants best sown summer rather than spring, grow strongly after the solstice and I show the beautiful hearts you can have. In my garden the harvest period is September to November. A look at Palla Rossa and Treviso types, and I explain how you grow chicory roots to force 'chicons', which in…

Space race: see how closer or wider spacings speed growth and harvests

How much space to give vegetables? It affects how quickly they start cropping, as well as how big they grow. You can vary spacing also by your sowing method. Try some different spacings and not just the ones from the back of seed packets. I explain this with beetroot, peas, calabrese, potatoes. Clos…

Grow garlic, an easy crop with no dig, hard or softneck, tips for harvest

Easier when you have control of weeds, see my other videos for advice on that with no dig. I show the two main types of bulbs, plus elephant garlic which is not a 'true garlic' and tastes of leek. Dates here apply to zones approx. 6-10, I am zone 8. Garlic is prone to rusty leaves and see how I ma…

Small Garden (6) in September, summer harvests now and new plantings for autumn to winter

One year after my first video from this plot of 25sqm/270sqft, see the ongoing harvests as summer turns to autumn, and new plantings for food in the cooler months. See how I cleared this area and made beds, no dig, in November 2012 https://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/learn/small-garden/. No dig means a…

Asparagus - no dig, planted in mulch over weeds, how to grow and harvest

Filmed in summer of asparagus year 6 after a third season of harvests, this year 2018 we picked 15.5kg/34lb of spears. The asparagus plants are growing on level ground with no ridges, easier for weeding because very few grow. We are a zone 8, temperate climate with around 800mm/32in rain per annum. …

Sweetcorn at Steph’s no dig allotment, how grown, how to see if cobs are ready

An iPhone video for a change, apologies for wind noise. Filmed by Stephanie Hafferty on 15th August 2018 after a warm and dry summer. Easy to grow no dig, the only ground prep was a little composted cow manure the previous November. The soil is heavy clay and holds moisture. Spacing is 30x30cm or …

Small Garden (5) early July, new plantings for summer and autumn harvests

A follow-up to Small Garden of June, see how summer plantings of beans, kale, beetroot, carrots, leeks and salads have grown. Plus how the outdoor tomatoes are ripening already, early for this temperate climate, zone 8. Kale protected from caterpillars by Bacillus thuringiensis soil bacteria. See ho…

No Dig Potatoes from seed to harvest

See the whole process from sowing to 'earthing up' to harvest, by pulling not digging. Potato plants easily root into undisturbed, no dig soil, while developing potatoes need soft, surface material to grow in. It's often assumed that potatoes just won't grow in soil that has not been thoroughly loos…

Small garden (4) June, growth of spring plantings and planning for summer

How spring plantings coped with a cold, wet April followed by a warm, dry May. Clearing spring harvests to make way for summer plantings of beans, kale, carrots, leeks and salads. See how I cleared this area of weeds and made beds in November 2012 https://www.charlesdowding.co.uk/learn/small-garden/…

Watering seedlings. Methods, times of day, how much water & time between watering

I explain the options, frequency of watering and using a water-can rose. Check your trays daily, lift to assess need of water, adapt watering to seedling size and the weather forecast. The bush tomato variety is Maskotka, I called it wrong. Water - I use rainwater if my butts have filled, otherwise …

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. See how I cleared this area of weeds and ma…

How to propagate seedlings, for a long season of bigger harvests

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…

How to grow lettuce: sow, plant, protect plus 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…

Your feedback

Andy H by email October 18
Thankyou for the massively informative YouTube channel and website, I think over the past 4 weeks I’ve watched every single video! I was close to giving up my allotment, partly due to the weeds.  Your methods have given me the kick I needed and I’m now working on the allotment!

 

Ted Bastwock November 2017, on How to Grow Onions
It took a lot of thought and foresight to make this video over such a long period of time at the right times of the plants’ life cycle, thank you for doing this.I like this crop-specific style.Onions have always been a bit of a mystery to me precisely because they’re grown a bit differently than most other garden veggies, and this was very helpful.

 

Tal Govan on No Dig video, 05/05/18 (my translation from French
Many thanks Mr Dowding Charles. Your vidéos, each and every one, are the best in the world about gardening and soil. I love your smile.

 

Jonno L on Space Race October 2018
The calm, teaching nature of your videos has given me much more knowledge than I could have ever imagined.

 

Rennie E. by email October 2018

I’m writing you to share my deep gratitude for your work and for what I have been able to learn and achieve through the wonderful videos you regularly post on youtube. 

I am an organic agriculture student. Being a woman from a family of academics, I’ve always been told I would never make it in farming, that it didn’t make sense for me to go into it since we had no land and that I would be too smart to waste my life with it anyways. 

Already as a little girl it was my dream to become a farmer one day and to serve humanity by producing that which nourishes us everyday. But even after I had left my career in socio-economic research to study organic farming I didn’t believe I could really make it. I was afraid to actually give it a try. In my head, anything I would plant would likely just wither away and rot. 

After moving to the French country side in February this year, I started beginnings of April a small vegetable garden on an open pasture using your no-dig method. Your videos have been my sole source of information, and more than being a mere inspiration, they taught and encouraged me in every step I’ve taken since then. 

I harvested my first salads and radishes just 4 weeks after having planted the garden and have been harvesting from it ever since. It has just been sheer abundance coming from a patch of land that measure a maximum of 50 m²! More than just nourising my body, this little garden has taken my fears and has fed confidence as much as it has build my capacities. 

I believe you may receive many letters of this kind and may not have the time to read or to answer them all. I still chose to write, because when sending out those videos, I can imagine that it may sometimes be difficult for you to apprehend who they finally reach, what they actually change or whether there is value in them, in the face of the dire situation of our world. 

I would like you to know that your videos count. Your work is valuable and that it touches and changes lives. It has touched mine. 

 

al2 smed on Garlic video, September 2018
hi charles i came across your vids four years ago and made the change to no dig. the results are way beyond my expectations. you give such sound advice, if i need to know something i come here.