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Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary By Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary by Charles Dowding

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Advice on successful growing, harvesting and storing of vegetables. Time saving tips to reduce unnecessary work, such as digging and large amounts of weeding. The reader has an easily accessible framework of timings for best results. All gardening jobs succeed best when done at the most favoured time, sowing above all

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary Summary

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary: No Dig, Healthy Soil, Fewer Weeds, 3rd Edition by Charles Dowding

An updated 3rd edition of Dowding's full-color gardener's journal with perpetual diary-75% advice on how to grow great crops, 25% writing space for each day of the year-a manual to inform and inspire, from a no-dig pioneer and one of Britain's most trusted vegetable gardeners

Use this journal year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside Charles Dowding's suggestions for future reference. Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season, and takes you through the annual cycle, from clearing weeds, feeding soil, and sowing to harvesting and storing vegetables.

  • Advice on sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home
  • Best sowing dates: seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late
  • Advantages of no dig: saving time, fewer weeds and bigger crops
  • How to maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing
  • How to feed soil just once a year, for strong and healthy growth
  • When and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce too

Charles' garden beds grow two crops a year, are cheap to establish and easy to maintain. His growing methods are easy to understand and work on small areas as well as large ones.

Charles' gardens are famous for the absence of weeds, and it's a fact that untilled soil, with a humus-rich surface, germinates fewer pioneer weed seeds. By feeding and favouring the life in your soil and working in sympathy with how nature runs things, you create a clear path to bigger harvests with less effort.

The diary explains these methods and weaves them into a timeline of action, to increase your success rate. Good timing is good gardening! Book is most appropriate for zones 8/9, for other zones the dates need adapting: for example he has great feedback from zone 6 gardeners using his methods. And readers can flesh out the detail with his You Tube videos, where over half the audience is North American.

Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary Reviews

RHS review in The Garden November 2017, by Jim Buckland of West Dean Gardens, Sussex; Although I have been gardening professionally for 45 years, I found this book enlightening, thought provoking and immensely practical in equal measure. I am confident that if this were the first volume to grace the shelves of a gardening novice, it would be equally stimulating and useful, and would ensure a smooth start to a growing life. It does exactly what the title suggests it will do, and does it with clarity, humour and immense practicality; Lynn on Amazon, June 2017 It's always good to have a reminder of what the main gardening tasks are month by month. But this diary does more than that. Even though I have been gardening for decades I can dive into this book and pick up gems of information never before encountered. Charles is a truly good gardener with an amazing willingness to share his knowledge; Philip Hirst, Ireland email, 23.07.18 I have bought your vegetable garden diary, and all I can say is wow, so inspiring, and full of detailed information, brilliant. I wish I had bought it years ago!!

About Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding pioneers timesaving methods of organic, and especially no dig gardening. In addition, he trials and publicises new ways of growing and picking salad leaves, and of multi-sowing vegetables. His growing methods are as applicable for small areas as large ones and his methods are used by hundreds of thousands of gardeners. He has created and cropped four no dig market gardens on different soils: stony, silt, white and ordinary clay. In the 1980s his garden covered 7.5 acres/3ha of no dig beds and was less intensive than now. Currently he crops an intensive 0.25 acres/1000 square metres in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables. Most beds grow two crops a year. He has written ten books, runs a You Tube channel, has created two online gardening courses, writes for gardening magazines, appears on the BBC and gives talks/courses at home and abroad.

Table of Contents

Introduction by Darina Allen 7 Preface 8 Seasonal gardening: the benefits 12 Being there, little and often 14 Time-saving tips 16 Advantages of no dig 18 Soil structure the easy way 20 No dig perennials for food 22 No dig flowers 24 Making compost 26 Compost: the process 28 Sourcing compost 30 Weeds in a compost mulch 32 Weeds sign off 34 Mulching to clear perennial weeds 36 Sowing timeline 38 FAQs no dig 40 Perpetual Diary 42 Comparing growth 150 Sowing by the moon 152 More on rotation 154 Second crops/succession 156 Edible elegance 158 Paths, mulches, no dig 160 Planting and caring for fruit trees 162 Last thoughts and acknowledgements 164 Bibliography 165 Index 166

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Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary: No Dig, Healthy Soil, Fewer Weeds, 3rd Edition by Charles Dowding
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No Dig Garden
Runner-up for Practical Book of the Year 2017
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This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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