Join us for tea and cake and an entertaining illustrated talk by renowned author and gardener Charles Dowding of ‘no dig’ fame.
Charles will tell us how to manage our gardens by doing less weeding, less watering and still getting great harvests by adopting a ‘no dig’ approach. Also…
- The reasons why undisturbed soils grow great plants
- Ways to clear weeds with mulches, details of best mulches to use in different situations
- Using compost both for clearing weeds and maintaining a garden weed-free
- Definitions of compost, what it is, how much you need, how to make at least some of what you need, where to buy the rest
- Tips on watering and weeding
- Tips on seasonal sowing for saving expensive seed and having stronger growth
- Tips on salads and especially on how to pick them, in order to prolong plants’ life for regular harvests, from the same sowings.
Charles Dowding created his first ‘no dig’ garden 34 years ago – four acres of famously productive, weed free and early cropping plantings. He was invited to appear on Gardeners World in 1988 talking with Geoff Hamilton about his innovative methods. Interestingly Geoff barely mentioned ‘no dig’ thinking, concentrating more on Charles’ organic ideas. In the 1980s, organic gardening and farming were still ‘new’ and seemed revolutionary, more as an avoidance of synthetic chemicals than about healthy soil. For Charles, both organic and no dig are natural approaches – now with more interest in soil and soil life, ‘no dig’ has been propelled to a more prominent place in gardening.
Charles has written seven books on all aspects of gardening, mostly on growing vegetables, and based around ‘no dig’ methods to make the gardener’s life easier and to produce better results.
Cost: £65 – to include tea and cake. This afternoon session starts at 2pm and finishes at 5pm.