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’ WorldGardens 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 www.charlesdowding.co.uk.

Photo: Stephanie Hafferty


Salad Leaves for All Seasons

Known as the guru of no-dig, Charles Dowding has updated the definitive book on salad growing in this hardback, beautifully illustrated edition. In it he shows how to have tasty salad leaves all year round in a garden, balcony or windowsill, whatever the weather & grow healthy plants grown in healthy soil using organic, permaculture principles.

Known as the guru of no-dig, Charles Dowding has updated the definitive book on salad growing in this hardback, beautifully illustrated edition. In it he shows how to have tasty salad leaves all year round in a garden, balcony or windowsill, whatever the weather & grow healthy plants grown in healthy soil using organic, permaculture principles.

Hardback    £19.99

9780857844668 | Published: October 2018 | Green Books


How to create a New Vegetable Garden

A practical book to take you through the stages of creating a new vegetable garden from scratch - using any plot of land. Filled with useful advice and and guidance, it will help you to realise the full potential of your garden.

 
 

Hardback    £19.99

9780857842442 | Published: February 2015 | Green Books


Gardening Myths and Misconceptions

A look behind the apparent complexities of gardening advice, to find easier and more productive ways of gardening; growing vegetables in particular. Understanding that can save time, money and unnecessary effort.

Hardback    £9.99

9780857842046 | Published: March 2014 | Green Books


Organic Gardening

Charles shares his organic, no-dig approach to soil and plants and the techniques that enable him to grow healthy, vibrant crops, with the sustainability in mind. His success is based on these key principles • No-dig •Spread organic matter on the soil surface •Clean & improve the soil in the first year • Weed every 10 days when weeds are small.

 

Paperback    £14.95

9780857840899 | Published: February 2013 | Green Books

Hardback    £19.99

9780857844651 | Published: June 2018 | Green Books


How to Grow Winter Vegetables

It is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. Not much grows in winter, but your plot may nonetheless be quite full. All you need to plan carefully is in this lovely book.

It is possible to enjoy an abundance of vegetables at the darkest time of year, whether stored or ready for harvesting when needed. Not much grows in winter, but your plot may nonetheless be quite full. All you need to plan carefully is in this lovely book.

Paperback    £14.95

9781900322881 | Published: April 2011 | Green Books