Charles Dowding's Vegetable Course

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At his courses at Lower Farm in Somerset, where he runs a glorious garden that produces vegetables in abundance all year round, Charles Dowding inspires gardeners of all levels. Beginners and experienced growers alike find that his refreshingly different ideas and highly effective methods open their minds ...

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Overview

At his courses at Lower Farm in Somerset, where he runs a glorious garden that produces vegetables in abundance all year round, Charles Dowding inspires gardeners of all levels. Beginners and experienced growers alike find that his refreshingly different ideas and highly effective methods open their minds to new possibilities.

This book shows you how to grow vegetables the Charles Dowding way, with detailed advice on:

setting up a growing plot

creating productive soil

dealing with weeds

successful sowing and planting

growing healthy plants

Illustrated with photographs of his own plot and drawing on his thirty years' experience of experimenting with vegetables and growing vegetables for sale, it shows that there is a surprisingly simple way of growing your own food. And it offers clearly explained, practical information on what every gardener wants to know: how to tend your plot with minimal effort and achieve abundant, healthy harvests.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780711232679
  • Publisher: Lincoln, Frances Limited
  • Publication date: 3/1/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 7.37 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

CHARLES DOWDING grew up on a dairy farm in Somerset. After graduating from Cambridge he worked for a hotel in the Inner Hebrides before starting to grow organic vegetables commercially on the family farm in the early 1980s. In 1990 he left behind what was by then a large market garden to live in France and Zambia. Returning to Somerset in the mid 1990s, he established a bed and breakfast and vegetable growing business at Lower Farm in Shepton Montague, Somerset. There, Charles's salad bags were the main output from his two-acre garden of permanent raised beds and fruit trees. Charles runs vegetable-growing courses and lectures and writes books on his unique growing techniques. Since 2012 Charles has begun a new garden at Shepton Mallet in Somerset which he has designed using no-dig principles.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 6

1 New ways to grow 12

2 Taking you through a year 20

3 Tools and equipment 30

4 Explaining no-dig 38

5 Creating a growing space 48

6 An absence of weeds 56

7 Organic matters 70

8 Your own compost 80

9 Ideas for beds and paths 86

10 Seeds and raising plants under cover 98

11 Sowing and planting 112

12 Companions and second cropping 138

13 Fewer pests and less disease 148

14 Salad all year round 158

15 A top ten of vegetables 176

Afterword: fancy going further? 198

Suppliers and resources 200

Index 201

Acknowledgments 208

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