Charles potting cucumber seedlings
May 2019 spring garden beware late frosts, potting on, small spaces, perennial veg

30th April 2019 Featured, Spring

At last it’s May, a wonderful month. Just go steady though with plantings of any frost sensitive plants, be aware of your last frost date. For example it is almost freezing as I write this, and we a

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Small garden no dig, spring
April update, warmth loving veg, no dig cropping and weed plus slug control, small garden

18th April 2019 Featured, Spring

A season change is happening and most of us can make new sowings undercover of vegetables that need summer warmth to germinate and grow. The frequency of cold nights is reducing but you need to know y

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Aerial view no dig beds Charles Dowding
April 2019 sowing and planting, no dig advice and dealing with weeds

28th March 2019 Featured, Spring

Early spring can be deceptive, with the temporary warmth of strong sunshine, yet with cold winds. Stick to your known best times for sowing, and don’t be tempted to sow earlier. For example I have n

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Charles uses trowel to plant potato no dig
March update 2019 – sow, plant, winter veg, new online course

12th March 2019 Featured, Spring

12th March and the weather has been wild, the famous March lion, so I look forward to quieter conditions soon – a full moon on the equinox may initiate a shift! We had a gust of 63mph on 10th an

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Mulched no dig beds and paths Homeacres
January 2019 myths about no dig, events, winter jobs and food

18th January 2019 Featured, Winter

Charles' update of seasonal garden jobs which is mainly mulching at this time of year, some winter harvests too, and no sowing yet!

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Brussels sprouts Christmas, sown May no dig
December ’18 update: winter salads, trials results, make compost, Charles’ award

13th December 2018 Featured, Winter

14th December, my last blog/update of the year, and until late January. Plenty to read and digest here, and I shall send another newsletter in early January. I hope you enjoy the new website. We have

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November 18 frosts, new plantings, compost spreading making testing, kohlrabi stew & chips

31st October 2018 Autumn, Featured

After a gorgeous summer and early autumn, we suddenly have wintry weather. However it’s also continuing to be dry here with just 60mm/2.4in rain in October. That makes 299mm/12in rain since April, w

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October 18 mid month: new veg, new book, make compost, sow or plant, no dig

14th October 2018 Autumn

Autumnal weather has brought just 41mm/1.6in rain here so far in October, encouraging new growth but not yet enough to soak into the soil, which is still mostly dry below 4-6in/10-15cm. The average te

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Sept. 15th sow salads for winter, no dig, small garden, harvests, watering

15th September 2018 Autumn

If you have not already sown salads for cropping undercover through winter and into spring, NOW is the moment. So they have time to establish before winter, make decent roots then crop in cool weather

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September 18 easier watering no dig, plant and sow now, interplant, sweet pepper success

31st August 2018 Autumn

September looks dry for much of the UK: no dig means easier watering, see below. There are still plantings for outdoor veg and sowings for veg under cover. August gave welcome rain at times, 85mm/3.4i

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August blog update: sow & plant for August growth, no dig allotment, tomato tops, soybeans, apples

14th August 2018 Summer

A second spring after some rain, still warm, days reasonably long – what are you waiting for? One days growth in August is two in September, four in October, eight in November, 16 in December an

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August 18 watering, second crop, no dig mulch, diseases & pests, new sowings, onion harvests

29th July 2018 Summer

Here, July 2006 was hotter than this year. However in 2006 we had 41mm lovely rain, after 36mm in June ’06, whereas this year the figures to 28th July are 6mm & 4mm respectively, most unusual

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