Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way

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Green, 2007 - Gardening - 223 pages
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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.

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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  - beefchick - Borders

I had high hopes for this book, but it has very little information about gardening methods. Most of the book is about specific vegetables that will grow in ENGLAND. Not much use for other climates. Read full review

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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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