Started gardening during lockdown? Here’s an ideal gift to keep you growing and expand your knowledge
Digging is a pain – quite literally for some of us – and it’s the first thing I stopped doing when my joint problems worsened.
However, all is not lost and there’s no better book to advise you on the ‘no dig’ method of gardening than organic pioneer Charles Dowding.
I’ve rarely seen a book so packed with information – it’s a one-stop-shop to creating the best growing environment for your plants.
Although all that information may seem daunting at first, it is aimed squarely at grow-your-own beginners and is very much a course, with modules, lessons and quizzes.
No Dig Gardening – From Weeds to Vegetables Easily and Quickly concentrates on this time saving and productive method of gardening – but what is it? It involves mulching soil with compost, rather than laboriously digging it and letting nature do the rest.
The book is based on his successful online course – no dig gardening goes hand in hand with the art of making good compost.
It’s not a vegetable growing manual but has two chapters with detailed planting plans for small spaces.
Charles uses the results of growing trials at his Homeacres market garden in Somerset to show how no dig works.
You’ll learn how to:
- Use no dig on different soil types
- Ask questions and recognise gardening myths, to save time and unnecessary effort
- Create and look after beds and paths
- Recognise and reduce different types of weeds
- Understand and use different types of mulch or soil cover
- Know the differences between soil, compost and various types of compost
- Make your own compost
Learning more online
If you want to take a step further, Charles has online courses in no dig gardening and on vegetable growing available on his website.
It’s a tremendous book which hopefully will encourage new gardeners to take the next steps in growing organically, without being encumbered by unnecessary gardening myths about back-breaking digging!
Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden 2021 Calendar
A great gift, this glossy illustrated calendar has photos from Charles’s garden and handy vegetable growing tips and sowing dates.
He grows vegetables on 0.25 acres/1000 square metres in Somerset. He sells £20,000 of harvests locally, mainly salad leaves, and vegetables are served on courses at Homeacres.
Charles has written nine books and an annual calendar of sowing dates, runs a YouTube channel with 21 million views and writes for national gardening magazines.