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Organic Gardening Charles Dowding

Organic Gardening By Charles Dowding

Organic Gardening by Charles Dowding

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Charles Dowding, who started the first vegetable box scheme in 1983, shares the philosophy, tips and techniques which have enabled him to run a successful organic garden supplying local restaurants and shops for over 25 years.

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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way by Charles Dowding

In Organic Gardening Charles Dowding shares the philosophy, tips and techniques that have enabled him to run a successful organic garden supplying local restaurants and shops for over 25 years.

* Forget the `received wisdom' about gardening. Observe what is going on in the soil and with your plants, in your own garden and climate.

* Respect and encourage life as much as you can, chiefly by spreading good compost or manure.

* There is no need to dig in compost and manure - just spread it on top and let worms take it in. Digging can harm soil structure, and is not helpful to plants.

Based on his experience of using a system of permanent raised beds, Charles takes you through a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: explaining what to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases.

With simple recipes for your fresh-picked produce, this second edition features new photographs and more tips and advice.

Organic Gardening Reviews

"Whether you dig or not this contains a wealth of personal knowledge about growing vegetables from a man who pioneered vegetable boxes and impressed Joy Larkcom - the doyenne of vegetables."

* Oxford Times - November 2010 *

"The revised edition, Organic Gardening features new photographs, new varieties and more tips and advice on growing delcious vegetables and tasty fruit the no-dig way. It also includes inspiring recipes by Charles' wife, Susie."

* Positive News - Winter 10/11 *

"This book works as a brilliant introduction to growing your own, but is also an encyclopaedia of fruit and veg varieties, with practical advice on sowing, planting and growing."

* Bristol Evening Post / Western Daily Press *

About Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert and winner of the 2014 Garden Media Guild Practical Journalist of the Year award. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners' World, Gardens llustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. He says: "I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged." His books for Green Books are: Organic Gardening: the natural, no-dig way Salad Leaves for All Seasons How to Grow Winter Vegetables Gardening Myths and Misconceptions Find out more at Photo: Stephanie Hafferty

Table of Contents

Foreword by Patrick Holden


Part 1: Letting Nature Nurture your Garden

1 The art of not digging

2 The basics

3 Deciding what to grow

4 What's in season?

5 Living with pests

6 Sowing seeds, raising plants

7 Making compost

8 The moon

part 2: Healthy Harvests

9 Summer salads
10 Winter salads

11 Alliums

12 Choice of roots

13 Savouring summer

14 Brassicas

15 Tomatoes, greenhouse vegetables and unusual vegetables

16 Perennial vegetables

17 Herbs and edible flowers

18 Tree fruit and nuts

19 Soft fruit (berries)


Appendix: Dig/no-dig experiment at Lower Farm



Main index
Index of recipes

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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-Dig Way by Charles Dowding
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