Fleece over new planting of squash
Mid May 2019, plant out and sow more, garden open, new polytunnel, podcasts, perennial weeds, aminopyralid

15th May 2019 Featured

Summer is coming and it can be a mad rush, now that we can finally plant out frost tender plants. It may also be a question of finding space for them all! Of earlier plantings, my greatest success thi

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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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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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March 19 sowings, online course, no dig, rocket

23rd February 2019 Featured, Winter

It feels like an early spring here, yet it’s still winter, just! Choosing what to sow and plant becomes confused when the seasons go out of order, and generally it’s best to stick with the dates y

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February 2019 a few sowings, compost and mulching, courses, snow and pigeons

9th February 2019 Winter

Be careful of sowing too early, there is no rush in spring because later sowings often catch up as it warms and lightens. For example I plan to sow tomatoes on 18th March this year. In the next two we

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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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October ’18 vegetable beauty, last new plantings, Q’s answered on no dig beds

30th September 2018 Autumn

Quite soon the switch flicks and the last joys of summer cede to cooler and above all darker days. We have had many cool nights already and some ground frost, then many days of sunshine and temperatur

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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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