How to create a New Vegetable Garden
Producing a beautiful and fruitful garden from scratch

By Charles Dowding

How to create a New Vegetable Garden
Hardback, 256 pages £19.99
Published: 12th February 2015
ISBN: 9780857842442
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Paperback, 256 pages £14.99
Published: 1st February 2019
ISBN: 9780857844743
Format: 234mm x 168mm

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"How to clear weeds and grow great plants: Charles explains from a wealth of experience." - Sarah Raven, journalist and garden writer

"Whether you're a dedicated gardener or a newcomer to the word of growing, take a look: Charles's methods work beautifully." - Mark Diacono, journalist and author of The New Kitchen Garden

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden.  Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds  or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area.  Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener.

The book takes you step-by-step through:

    * Planning and early stages
    * Clearing the ground
    * Mulch - what, why, how?
    * Minimizing digging
    * Sowing and planting across the seasons
    * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses

It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Whether you're a dedicated gardener or a newcomer to the word of growing, take a look: Charles's methods work beautifully.

- Mark Diacono, gardener, food writer and broadcaster

If this doesn't encourage more of us to turn our gardens into productive and beautiful spaces, I don't know what will.

- Anne Swithinbank, broadcaster and gardening writer

How to Create a New Vegetable Garden is the best vegetable gardening book I have read for a long time.


Another inspiring yet practical book from Charles Dowding.

- Rozie Apps Permaculture Magazine

It is impossible not to feel inspired by the unique combination of helpful guidance and enthusiastic encouragement of experimentation. As Charles proves, there is no plot of land too wild to tame, a building site too overgrown with weeds or an unwanted lawn that can't be turned into a productive and beautiful garden area.

- Chris Allen Gardening TImes

This is yet another book that will, as a manual, be on my bookshelf, but it will sure spend more in my hand than on the shelf.

- Michael Smith Green (Living) Review

How to clear weeds and grow great plants: Charles explains from a wealth of experience.

- Sarah Raven, journalist and garden writer

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

Photo: Stephanie Hafferty

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 256 pages
ISBN: 9780857842442
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Binding: Paperback, 256 pages
ISBN: 9780857844743
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857842459
Format: EPUB

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857842466
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text
ISBN: 9780857842473
Format: Kindle

BISAC Code:  GAR016000, GAR025000
Imprint: Green Books

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