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No Dig

Nurture your soil to grow better veg with less effort


Published by Dorling Kindersley. Back cover description:

Stop digging and start to truly understand the needs of your soil, for bumper harvests of healthier crops. Charles Dowding has spent a lifetime perfecting his no dig system of growing. At its core is an awareness that soil vitality is a dynamic process, involving a web of organisms which we can easily feed and support, enabling our plants to grow strong and healthy, in a weed-free environment. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up a no dig plot, and detailed cultivation advice for over 80 crops, this book will revolutionise the way you grow.

The book is made up of four chapters. It's full of vegetable-growing advice, as well as my latest summary of no dig.

Chapter 1 – It all begins with the soil

Discover how no dig helps the soil, and you in the garden. I explain the fundamentals, the importance of compost, why weeds don’t grow, and the extensive other benefits of no dig beds.

Chapter 2 – Getting started

I give advice on deciding what to grow, planning your beds, controlling weeds, and the tools you may need.

I take you through the creation of a no dig bed using cardboard and compost, then planting it on the same day in spring. We revisit it through the year.

You see how I make compost, and I share many ways of doing this. It’s not difficult when you understand the few key principles and methods.

Chapter 3 – The principles of growing vegetables

The bigger picture behind growing success, and the reasons why these understandings work so well. Especially in a no dig garden where soil is lively, and weeds are few.

You learn about timings of sowings, succession planting, propagation, how to sow, caring for seedlings, transplanting, spacing, watering, using crop covers, controlling slugs and snails, growing under cover, harvesting, storage and saving seed.

Chapter 4 – Vegetable and herb directory

The largest section of the book. I give detailed information on growing over 80 of the main vegetables and herbs, categorised as follows:

  • Pea and bean family (legumes)
  • Cabbage family (brassicas)
  • Onion family (alliums)
  • Cucumber family (cucurbits)
  • Carrot family (umbellifers)
  • Beet family
  • Leafy salad crops
  • Solanums, basil, and sweetcorn
  • Perennial vegetables

For each category, I give general information on choosing what to grow; sowing, growing and harvesting; and common problems.

Then, for each vegetable/herb within the categories, I explain in detail sowing and transplanting, care and protection, harvesting and storage, and finish with a useful summary of key growing information. I also share my recommended varieties.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the excellent Jonathan Buckley. He visited Homeacres on 12 days over the course of 2021, capturing the growth and methods of each season, and the beauty of my vegetable garden.

———

Beautiful book, great quality, solid binding, clear pages and pictures. And that’s just the window dressing. Complete compendium of Charles’s wisdom in a single volume, it really is a treasure. First class.

chrcal14, October 2022

———


Skills For Growing

Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More


In this book, I share the knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, based on my decades of experience.

My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all your inputs effective, from seeds and water, to the space in your garden. There are three chapters with vital information about spacing, and a harvesting table for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full.

I advise on how to create planting plans, succeed with succession and reduce rotation. There are chapters on saving your own seed, propagation, multisowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much) and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, and growing perennial vegetables.

The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. It is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.

Skills for Growing is overflowing with advice and instructions based on years’ worth of detailed data gathering and observation. It is vibrantly illustrated with images of the crops he grows at his market garden Homeacres, which are refreshingly unromantic and so genuinely complementary to the written guidance, making this a feast for both the brain and eyes.

Claire Ratinon, author and organic food grower – Gardens Illustrated


———

This book has really enhanced my whole food growing experience. The information within is concise and easy to read – natural and organic even (excuse the pun). Seriously it’s full of practical information but friendly and beautiful too!

It gives me a feeling that I can do it, with the fundamentals of growing laid out and explained in layman’s terms. It will help anyone grow food and enjoy doing so too. An all-round asset to an allotment holder like myself and it’s only April, let’s grow!

Leon Butterfield, April 2022

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No Dig and Skills for Growing

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No Dig

Nurture your soil to grow better veg with less effort


Published by Dorling Kindersley. Back cover description:

Stop digging and start to truly understand the needs of your soil, for bumper harvests of healthier crops. Charles Dowding has spent a lifetime perfecting his no dig system of growing. At its core is an awareness that soil vitality is a dynamic process, involving a web of organisms which we can easily feed and support, enabling our plants to grow strong and healthy, in a weed-free environment. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up a no dig plot, and detailed cultivation advice for over 80 crops, this book will revolutionise the way you grow.

The book is made up of four chapters. It's full of vegetable-growing advice, as well as my latest summary of no dig.

Chapter 1 – It all begins with the soil

Discover how no dig helps the soil, and you in the garden. I explain the fundamentals, the importance of compost, why weeds don’t grow, and the extensive other benefits of no dig beds.

Chapter 2 – Getting started

I give advice on deciding what to grow, planning your beds, controlling weeds, and the tools you may need.

I take you through the creation of a no dig bed using cardboard and compost, then planting it on the same day in spring. We revisit it through the year.

You see how I make compost, and I share many ways of doing this. It’s not difficult when you understand the few key principles and methods.

Chapter 3 – The principles of growing vegetables

The bigger picture behind growing success, and the reasons why these understandings work so well. Especially in a no dig garden where soil is lively, and weeds are few.

You learn about timings of sowings, succession planting, propagation, how to sow, caring for seedlings, transplanting, spacing, watering, using crop covers, controlling slugs and snails, growing under cover, harvesting, storage and saving seed.

Chapter 4 – Vegetable and herb directory

The largest section of the book. I give detailed information on growing over 80 of the main vegetables and herbs, categorised as follows:

  • Pea and bean family (legumes)
  • Cabbage family (brassicas)
  • Onion family (alliums)
  • Cucumber family (cucurbits)
  • Carrot family (umbellifers)
  • Beet family
  • Leafy salad crops
  • Solanums, basil, and sweetcorn
  • Perennial vegetables

For each category, I give general information on choosing what to grow; sowing, growing and harvesting; and common problems.

Then, for each vegetable/herb within the categories, I explain in detail sowing and transplanting, care and protection, harvesting and storage, and finish with a useful summary of key growing information. I also share my recommended varieties.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the excellent Jonathan Buckley. He visited Homeacres on 12 days over the course of 2021, capturing the growth and methods of each season, and the beauty of my vegetable garden.

———

Beautiful book, great quality, solid binding, clear pages and pictures. And that’s just the window dressing. Complete compendium of Charles’s wisdom in a single volume, it really is a treasure. First class.

chrcal14, October 2022

———


Skills For Growing

Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More


In this book, I share the knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, based on my decades of experience.

My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all your inputs effective, from seeds and water, to the space in your garden. There are three chapters with vital information about spacing, and a harvesting table for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full.

I advise on how to create planting plans, succeed with succession and reduce rotation. There are chapters on saving your own seed, propagation, multisowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much) and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, and growing perennial vegetables.

The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. It is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.

Skills for Growing is overflowing with advice and instructions based on years’ worth of detailed data gathering and observation. It is vibrantly illustrated with images of the crops he grows at his market garden Homeacres, which are refreshingly unromantic and so genuinely complementary to the written guidance, making this a feast for both the brain and eyes.

Claire Ratinon, author and organic food grower – Gardens Illustrated


———

This book has really enhanced my whole food growing experience. The information within is concise and easy to read – natural and organic even (excuse the pun). Seriously it’s full of practical information but friendly and beautiful too!

It gives me a feeling that I can do it, with the fundamentals of growing laid out and explained in layman’s terms. It will help anyone grow food and enjoy doing so too. An all-round asset to an allotment holder like myself and it’s only April, let’s grow!

Leon Butterfield, April 2022

Further Description

No Dig

Nurture your soil to grow better veg with less effort


Published by Dorling Kindersley. Back cover description:

Stop digging and start to truly understand the needs of your soil, for bumper harvests of healthier crops. Charles Dowding has spent a lifetime perfecting his no dig system of growing. At its core is an awareness that soil vitality is a dynamic process, involving a web of organisms which we can easily feed and support, enabling our plants to grow strong and healthy, in a weed-free environment. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up a no dig plot, and detailed cultivation advice for over 80 crops, this book will revolutionise the way you grow.

The book is made up of four chapters. It's full of vegetable-growing advice, as well as my latest summary of no dig.

Chapter 1 – It all begins with the soil

Discover how no dig helps the soil, and you in the garden. I explain the fundamentals, the importance of compost, why weeds don’t grow, and the extensive other benefits of no dig beds.

Chapter 2 – Getting started

I give advice on deciding what to grow, planning your beds, controlling weeds, and the tools you may need.

I take you through the creation of a no dig bed using cardboard and compost, then planting it on the same day in spring. We revisit it through the year.

You see how I make compost, and I share many ways of doing this. It’s not difficult when you understand the few key principles and methods.

Chapter 3 – The principles of growing vegetables

The bigger picture behind growing success, and the reasons why these understandings work so well. Especially in a no dig garden where soil is lively, and weeds are few.

You learn about timings of sowings, succession planting, propagation, how to sow, caring for seedlings, transplanting, spacing, watering, using crop covers, controlling slugs and snails, growing under cover, harvesting, storage and saving seed.

Chapter 4 – Vegetable and herb directory

The largest section of the book. I give detailed information on growing over 80 of the main vegetables and herbs, categorised as follows:

  • Pea and bean family (legumes)
  • Cabbage family (brassicas)
  • Onion family (alliums)
  • Cucumber family (cucurbits)
  • Carrot family (umbellifers)
  • Beet family
  • Leafy salad crops
  • Solanums, basil, and sweetcorn
  • Perennial vegetables

For each category, I give general information on choosing what to grow; sowing, growing and harvesting; and common problems.

Then, for each vegetable/herb within the categories, I explain in detail sowing and transplanting, care and protection, harvesting and storage, and finish with a useful summary of key growing information. I also share my recommended varieties.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the excellent Jonathan Buckley. He visited Homeacres on 12 days over the course of 2021, capturing the growth and methods of each season, and the beauty of my vegetable garden.

———

Beautiful book, great quality, solid binding, clear pages and pictures. And that’s just the window dressing. Complete compendium of Charles’s wisdom in a single volume, it really is a treasure. First class.

chrcal14, October 2022

———


Skills For Growing

Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More


In this book, I share the knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, based on my decades of experience.

My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all your inputs effective, from seeds and water, to the space in your garden. There are three chapters with vital information about spacing, and a harvesting table for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full.

I advise on how to create planting plans, succeed with succession and reduce rotation. There are chapters on saving your own seed, propagation, multisowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much) and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, and growing perennial vegetables.

The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. It is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.

Skills for Growing is overflowing with advice and instructions based on years’ worth of detailed data gathering and observation. It is vibrantly illustrated with images of the crops he grows at his market garden Homeacres, which are refreshingly unromantic and so genuinely complementary to the written guidance, making this a feast for both the brain and eyes.

Claire Ratinon, author and organic food grower – Gardens Illustrated


———

This book has really enhanced my whole food growing experience. The information within is concise and easy to read – natural and organic even (excuse the pun). Seriously it’s full of practical information but friendly and beautiful too!

It gives me a feeling that I can do it, with the fundamentals of growing laid out and explained in layman’s terms. It will help anyone grow food and enjoy doing so too. An all-round asset to an allotment holder like myself and it’s only April, let’s grow!

Leon Butterfield, April 2022

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Nurture your soil to grow better veg with less effort


Published by Dorling Kindersley. Back cover description:

Stop digging and start to truly understand the needs of your soil, for bumper harvests of healthier crops. Charles Dowding has spent a lifetime perfecting his no dig system of growing. At its core is an awareness that soil vitality is a dynamic process, involving a web of organisms which we can easily feed and support, enabling our plants to grow strong and healthy, in a weed-free environment. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up a no dig plot, and detailed cultivation advice for over 80 crops, this book will revolutionise the way you grow.

The book is made up of four chapters. It's full of vegetable-growing advice, as well as my latest summary of no dig.

Chapter 1 – It all begins with the soil

Discover how no dig helps the soil, and you in the garden. I explain the fundamentals, the importance of compost, why weeds don’t grow, and the extensive other benefits of no dig beds.

Chapter 2 – Getting started

I give advice on deciding what to grow, planning your beds, controlling weeds, and the tools you may need.

I take you through the creation of a no dig bed using cardboard and compost, then planting it on the same day in spring. We revisit it through the year.

You see how I make compost, and I share many ways of doing this. It’s not difficult when you understand the few key principles and methods.

Chapter 3 – The principles of growing vegetables

The bigger picture behind growing success, and the reasons why these understandings work so well. Especially in a no dig garden where soil is lively, and weeds are few.

You learn about timings of sowings, succession planting, propagation, how to sow, caring for seedlings, transplanting, spacing, watering, using crop covers, controlling slugs and snails, growing under cover, harvesting, storage and saving seed.

Chapter 4 – Vegetable and herb directory

The largest section of the book. I give detailed information on growing over 80 of the main vegetables and herbs, categorised as follows:

  • Pea and bean family (legumes)
  • Cabbage family (brassicas)
  • Onion family (alliums)
  • Cucumber family (cucurbits)
  • Carrot family (umbellifers)
  • Beet family
  • Leafy salad crops
  • Solanums, basil, and sweetcorn
  • Perennial vegetables

For each category, I give general information on choosing what to grow; sowing, growing and harvesting; and common problems.

Then, for each vegetable/herb within the categories, I explain in detail sowing and transplanting, care and protection, harvesting and storage, and finish with a useful summary of key growing information. I also share my recommended varieties.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the excellent Jonathan Buckley. He visited Homeacres on 12 days over the course of 2021, capturing the growth and methods of each season, and the beauty of my vegetable garden.

———

Beautiful book, great quality, solid binding, clear pages and pictures. And that’s just the window dressing. Complete compendium of Charles’s wisdom in a single volume, it really is a treasure. First class.

chrcal14, October 2022

———


Skills For Growing

Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More


In this book, I share the knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, based on my decades of experience.

My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all your inputs effective, from seeds and water, to the space in your garden. There are three chapters with vital information about spacing, and a harvesting table for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full.

I advise on how to create planting plans, succeed with succession and reduce rotation. There are chapters on saving your own seed, propagation, multisowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much) and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, and growing perennial vegetables.

The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. It is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.

Skills for Growing is overflowing with advice and instructions based on years’ worth of detailed data gathering and observation. It is vibrantly illustrated with images of the crops he grows at his market garden Homeacres, which are refreshingly unromantic and so genuinely complementary to the written guidance, making this a feast for both the brain and eyes.

Claire Ratinon, author and organic food grower – Gardens Illustrated


———

This book has really enhanced my whole food growing experience. The information within is concise and easy to read – natural and organic even (excuse the pun). Seriously it’s full of practical information but friendly and beautiful too!

It gives me a feeling that I can do it, with the fundamentals of growing laid out and explained in layman’s terms. It will help anyone grow food and enjoy doing so too. An all-round asset to an allotment holder like myself and it’s only April, let’s grow!

Leon Butterfield, April 2022

No Dig and Skills for Growing

£ 41.50 
Buy now

No Dig

Nurture your soil to grow better veg with less effort


Published by Dorling Kindersley. Back cover description:

Stop digging and start to truly understand the needs of your soil, for bumper harvests of healthier crops. Charles Dowding has spent a lifetime perfecting his no dig system of growing. At its core is an awareness that soil vitality is a dynamic process, involving a web of organisms which we can easily feed and support, enabling our plants to grow strong and healthy, in a weed-free environment. With clear step-by-step instructions on how to set up a no dig plot, and detailed cultivation advice for over 80 crops, this book will revolutionise the way you grow.

The book is made up of four chapters. It's full of vegetable-growing advice, as well as my latest summary of no dig.

Chapter 1 – It all begins with the soil

Discover how no dig helps the soil, and you in the garden. I explain the fundamentals, the importance of compost, why weeds don’t grow, and the extensive other benefits of no dig beds.

Chapter 2 – Getting started

I give advice on deciding what to grow, planning your beds, controlling weeds, and the tools you may need.

I take you through the creation of a no dig bed using cardboard and compost, then planting it on the same day in spring. We revisit it through the year.

You see how I make compost, and I share many ways of doing this. It’s not difficult when you understand the few key principles and methods.

Chapter 3 – The principles of growing vegetables

The bigger picture behind growing success, and the reasons why these understandings work so well. Especially in a no dig garden where soil is lively, and weeds are few.

You learn about timings of sowings, succession planting, propagation, how to sow, caring for seedlings, transplanting, spacing, watering, using crop covers, controlling slugs and snails, growing under cover, harvesting, storage and saving seed.

Chapter 4 – Vegetable and herb directory

The largest section of the book. I give detailed information on growing over 80 of the main vegetables and herbs, categorised as follows:

  • Pea and bean family (legumes)
  • Cabbage family (brassicas)
  • Onion family (alliums)
  • Cucumber family (cucurbits)
  • Carrot family (umbellifers)
  • Beet family
  • Leafy salad crops
  • Solanums, basil, and sweetcorn
  • Perennial vegetables

For each category, I give general information on choosing what to grow; sowing, growing and harvesting; and common problems.

Then, for each vegetable/herb within the categories, I explain in detail sowing and transplanting, care and protection, harvesting and storage, and finish with a useful summary of key growing information. I also share my recommended varieties.

The book is beautifully illustrated throughout with photographs by the excellent Jonathan Buckley. He visited Homeacres on 12 days over the course of 2021, capturing the growth and methods of each season, and the beauty of my vegetable garden.

———

Beautiful book, great quality, solid binding, clear pages and pictures. And that’s just the window dressing. Complete compendium of Charles’s wisdom in a single volume, it really is a treasure. First class.

chrcal14, October 2022

———


Skills For Growing

Sowing, Spacing, Planting, Picking, Watering and More


In this book, I share the knowledge and techniques you need for success in all aspects of vegetable gardening, based on my decades of experience.

My desire is to save you time, effort and money, through making all your inputs effective, from seeds and water, to the space in your garden. There are three chapters with vital information about spacing, and a harvesting table for easier planning of second plantings to keep space full.

I advise on how to create planting plans, succeed with succession and reduce rotation. There are chapters on saving your own seed, propagation, multisowing, spacing for all common vegetables, methods of harvesting and how they influence growth, watering (both when and how much) and using covers for warmth as well as pest protection. I also describe successful winter gardening, and growing perennial vegetables.

The book is illustrated throughout with beautiful, captioned photos from my no dig, organic garden in Somerset, Southwest UK. It is a fantastic resource for anyone wishing to learn new skills, or to improve and tune the skills they already have, in order to grow bigger and healthier harvests from a given space.

Skills for Growing is overflowing with advice and instructions based on years’ worth of detailed data gathering and observation. It is vibrantly illustrated with images of the crops he grows at his market garden Homeacres, which are refreshingly unromantic and so genuinely complementary to the written guidance, making this a feast for both the brain and eyes.

Claire Ratinon, author and organic food grower – Gardens Illustrated


———

This book has really enhanced my whole food growing experience. The information within is concise and easy to read – natural and organic even (excuse the pun). Seriously it’s full of practical information but friendly and beautiful too!

It gives me a feeling that I can do it, with the fundamentals of growing laid out and explained in layman’s terms. It will help anyone grow food and enjoy doing so too. An all-round asset to an allotment holder like myself and it’s only April, let’s grow!

Leon Butterfield, April 2022

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat.

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Suspendisse varius enim in eros elementum tristique. Duis cursus, mi quis viverra ornare, eros dolor interdum nulla, ut commodo diam libero vitae erat.