Welcome to the website of Charles Dowding, innovative gardener and author of nine books on caring for soil and growing vegetables. Plus I share knowledge through talks, courses and magazine articles: the latter won me the 2014 Garden Media Guilds ‘Practical Journalist of the Year’. My site shows productive ways to grow […]


We moved to a new garden on Monmouthshire clay in August 2015.  It was a neglected, weedy lawned garden with hedges full of ground elder, couch and bindweed, 1.75 acres in total. I initially set up a few no dig beds laying packing boxes and compost directly onto the lawn, […]

Cherry Taylor in Monmouthshire   Recently updated !

I met Becky at Homeacres during my June open day 2017, she had come to check the garden and say thankyou for introducing her to no dig. Previous to this year she had struggled to grow any decent amount of vegetables, and was always battling with weeds.Her hops were hurting […]

Becky King, May to July 2017

The season of second/successional plantings is well underway, see below. See how my first plantings were made, and the harvests they gave, in a new video. It has been an abundant season here so far, warmer than usual and with just enough rain for most vegetables except salads, fruiting crops and […]

July mid month: new & companion plantings, seed saving, tomato ...

The long days of July are great for sowing and replanting, after summer harvests that are increasing in quantity all month. Harvests from my two trial beds below, to end June, are 29.3kg/64lb from the dug bed and 35.1kg/77lb from the no dig bed. Already planted for harvesting in summer […]

July 17 quick clear & new sowings, compost, sideshooting, ants, ...

It’s drying up, so what is priority for watering? 1 Water new plants thoroughly, but not the whole area. Without a rose on the can, give water to the rootball only. Repeat after two days if the weather stays dry, then leave as long as possible, so that roots head […]

June update: watering, sow broccoli etc, harvests inc. garlic, new ...

Wonderful growth has happened in May’s second half, after 59mm rain and warmth. Nights especially were the warmest of any May I recorded since the 1970s. Up to 15th the night minimum was average 7.5C/45F, then 16th-31st it was 11.1C/52F. However June looks cooler, probably windy and unsettled at times, […]

June 2017, seed quality, no dig speed, pests to watch ...