Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way

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Green Books, 2007 - Gardening - 223 pages
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Based on his experience of a system of permanent slightly-raised beds, author Charles Dowding takes you through a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases.Organic Gardeningincludes recipes to inspire you to culinary heights with your fresh-picked produce.
Dowding shares his philosophy, tips, and techniques that have enabled him to run a successful organic garden that has supplied local restaurants and shops for 25 years. Encouraging readers to forget the rules, Dowding suggests gardeners will better understand what is going on in your soil, plants, garden, and climate when you develop your own methods of gardening. Most radically, Dowding illustrates a method for ensuring that you never need to till your soil again, instead relying upon the natural balance that comes with respecting life, spreading good compost, and allowing worms to play a key role in your maintenance.

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User Review  - juniperSun - LibraryThing

An English gardener--too bad I didn't realize that when I borrowed the book. I do like his idea of skipping all the double-digging that intensive gardeners do, keeping weed seeds buried and the soil ... Read full review

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User Review  - Rachel Headley - Goodreads

great ideas in this book, although translating it to NA is necessary. but i did implement many of his ideas easily. easy read, lots of great details. Read full review

About the author (2007)

Charles Dowding is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for 30 years. From 1982 to 1990 he grew on nine acres for local and London markets, then ran a small farm in France, followed by a long spell of producing salad on an acre of surface-composted, undisturbed clay soil (no-dig for 15 years), which grew bountiful crops and few weeds, and included two polytunnels for winter salad and summer tomatoes and basil. In this garden he ran an experiment for six years to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields and more weeds and slugs on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new half-acre garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. Charles has written four books on vegetable growing, contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners' World , Gardens Illustrated and Grow It! , gives regular talks, advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust at Sissinghurst, and runs day courses at home and other venues. He has appeared on radio and television, including Radio 4's The Long View on the Peckham Experiment and BBC TV's Gardeners' World with Sarah Raven in 2008. His books for Green Books are: Organic Gardening: the natural, no-dig way Salad Leaves for All Seasons How to Grow Winter Vegetables Find out more at . Photo: Stephanie Hafferty

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