Organic Gardening
The natural no-dig way

By Charles Dowding

Organic Gardening
Hardback, 240 pages £19.99
Published: 18th June 2018
ISBN: 9780857844651
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Paperback, 272 pages £14.95
Published: 4th February 2013
ISBN: 9780857840899
Format: 234mm x 168mm

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Charles Dowding (the guru of no dig gardening) shares his organic, no-dig approach to soil and plants. He reveals revealing the techniques that enable him to grow healthy, vibrant crops while maintaining a healthy soil. His success is based on these key principles • No-dig • Spread organic matter on the soil surface • Clean & improve the soil in the first 3-12 months • Weed every 10 days or so, when weeds are small. By using a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Charles shows how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables sustainably and organically: what to choose; when to sow, plant and harvest; and how best to avoid pests and diseases. 

Using a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Charles
shows how you can grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables
organically: what to choose; when to sow, plant and harvest;
and how best to avoid pests and diseases. He shares his wide
experience of using the no-dig approach and its effect on the
soil and plants. He explains the range of techniques that have
enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant crops over the years.

Foreword by Patrick Holden, CBE, Founder of the Sustainable Food Trust & ex-director of The Soil Association                                              


Part 1: Letting Nature Nurture your Garden

1       The art of not digging                                                   

2       The basics                                                                     

3       Deciding what to grow                                                 

4       What’s in season?                                                        

5       Living with pests                                                           

6       Sowing seeds, raising plants                                      

7       Making compost                                                           

8       The moon                                                                      


Part 2: Healthy Harvests

9       Summer salads                                             

10     Winter salads                                                                

11     Alliums                                                                           

12     Choice of roots                                                             

13     Savouring summer                                                       

14     Brassicas                                                                      

15     Tomatoes, greenhouse vegetables and unusual vegetables        

16     Perennial vegetables                                                   

17     Herbs and edible flowers                                             

18     Tree fruit and nuts                                                         

19     Soft fruit (berries)                                                          


Appendix: Dig/no-dig experiment at Lower Farm              



Main index    
Index of recipes     


"One of our most respected vegetable growers... Now ordinary gardeners can benefit from his years of practical experience."

- Joy Larkcom, author of Grow Your Own Vegetables

"Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour."

- Raymond Blanc OBE World renowned chef and restaurateur

"This book will undoubtedly become the 'no-dig' bible, as was its predecessor."

- Pushing Up Dandelions website

"If anyone can convince gardeners that vegetable plots do not need digging, it is this author - his methods are at times contrary to standard advice, but he is not dogmatic and has a gift for clear explanation."

- Sue Stickland, RHS The Garden

Green Books - Author photos - Charles Dowding web (Stephanie Hafferty)Charles Dowding has written many books on vegetable growing and contributes regularly to many magazines, including Permaculture, Gardeners’ World, Gardens Illustrated & Grow It!. He gives regular talks, advising gardeners on best practice and runs courses on organic, no-dig gardening. He is a regular guest on radio and TV. A veteran organic grower, he has practised no-dig gardening for years, providing produce for local and London markets, running a small farm in France, then producing salad on surface-composted, undisturbed clay soil, which grew bountiful crops and few weeds. He has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil, discovering different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields and more weeds and slugs on the dug beds.


Photo: Stephanie Hafferty

Publication Details:

Binding: Hardback, 240 pages
ISBN: 9780857844651
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Binding: Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN: 9780857840899
Format: 234mm x 168mm

Binding: Electronic book text, 272 pages
ISBN: 9780857840905
Format: PDF

Binding: Electronic book text, 272 pages
ISBN: 9780857840912
Format: EPUB

BISAC Code:  GAR016000
Imprint: Green Books

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