Charles Dowding's Veg Journal

Charles Dowding's Veg Journal by Charles Dowding

Expert no-dig advice, month by month

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711235267
Publisher: Frances Lincoln
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Plan bumper harvests the no-dig way using Charles Dowding’ s monthly crop calendar. Follow simple steps to:

• find success with more than 35 vegetables and herbs from tomatoes to basil, carrots to coriander;

• start a no-dig veg plot on virgin or dug ground, improve the soil and become an expert mulcher and weeder;  

• learn key dates for sowing, staking, harvesting and storing using time-saving monthly checklists;

• make a raised bed, tackle slugs and snails, and produce the sweetest-smelling compost;

• understand the techniques for intercropping, companion planting, seed viability and crop succession.

NO-DIG is a long-established way to grow healthy, organic crops while preserving the soil’ s integrity: Charles Dowding is the UK’ s leading expert.

Charles Dowding grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset. After graduating from Cambridge he worked for a hotel in the Inner Hebrides before starting to grow organic vegetables commercially on the family farm in the early 1980s. In 1990 he left behind what was by then a large market garden to live in France and Zambia. Returning to Somerset in the mid 1990s, he established a bed and breakfast and vegetable growing business at Lower Farm in Shepton Montague, Somerset. There, Charles's salad bags were the main output from his two-acre garden of permanent raised beds and fruit trees. Charles runs vegetable-growing courses and lectures and writes books on his unique growing techniques. Since 2012 Charles has begun a new garden at Shepton Mallet in Somerset which he has designed using no-dig principles.

Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9780711235267
Illustrations: 200 photographs
Size: 5.906 in x 8.268 in / 150 mm x 210 mm
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'This is such a lovely, lovely gardening book.' 

‘Charles’ journal is a good aide memoire, peppered with tidbits of useful information and a blank, lined page per month encourages you to use the book as a diary. We always assume it’s our fault when we have a failure, but this might not always be the case. Keeping records is vital, especially if you are a progressive gardener, who is always trying different spacings, varieties and techniques.’

'A useful addition to your bookshelf'

‘ Charles’ journal is a good aide memoire, peppered with tidbits of useful information and a blank, lined page per month encourages you to use the book as a diary. We always assume it’ s our fault when we have a failure, but this might not always be the case. Keeping records is vital, especially if you are a progressive gardener, who is always trying different spacings, varieties and techniques.’

'A useful addition to your bookshelf'

‘ This is a sensible and very clearly presented book for those who want to tackle the art of no-dig gardening without being bamboozled by jargon. You will definitely have a clear understanding of the technique after following this guide through the year’

'This is such a lovely, lovely gardening book.'