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Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way full colour edn [Paperback]

Charles Dowding
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4 Feb 2013
Charles Dowding has been practising no-dig organic growing for over 30 years. In this new, full colour edition of Organic Gardening, he shares the wealth of his experience, explaining his approach to soil and plants and revealing the range of techniques that have enabled him to grow healthy and vibrant plants for decades. His success is based on some key principles: No-dig enhances soil structure and encourages healthy growth; Organic matter is best spread on the surface - just leave it on the top and let the worms take it in, aerating the soil as they do so; When starting with weedy soil there is a period of 3-12 months, depending on weed types, when the emphasis is on cleaning and improving the soil; Using a no-dig method you can easily control weeds with just a little hand weeding or hoeing every ten days or so, when weeds are small. Based on this approach and his experience of a system of permanent, slightly raised beds, Organic Gardening shows you how to grow a delicious variety of fruit and vegetables: what to choose, when to sow, plant and harvest, and how best to avoid pests and diseases without the need to dig.

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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Green Books; 3rd full colour edition (4 Feb 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857840894
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857840899
  • Product Dimensions: 22.7 x 17.5 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,463 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I run a beautiful garden of year round vegetables, all growing in soil that is never dug, except to remove parsnips that grow incredibly long. Among the many advantageous results of not digging, with compost on top, is that there are fewer weeds and a healthy abundance of food. I explain this in my books, magazine articles (Gardeners World, Kitchen Garden, Simply Vegetables) and at lectures and courses, both locally and nationally.
My first book on organic gardening without digging came out in 2007, then in a second edition in October 2010, and a third edition in February 2013. I receive many lovely letters (emails) of appreciation and these connections with readers are a fine bonus to the quiet task of writing.
The vegetables I most like to grow are salads and the experience of selling bags of seasonal leaves, all year round, led to the writing of my second book on Salad Leaves for All Seasons, which is used by many commercial growers as well as gardeners. The third book is on Winter Vegetables and covers the hungry gap too, with many tables and photos. Monty Don and Robin Lane Fox like this one.
Then my course book of 2012 is to help readers in the process of setting up a no dig garden, with tips on mulching, tools, weeds and seasonal sowing. It gave birth to the Veg Journal book in 2014, in a month my month format and with pages for notes. Bunny Guinness said in the Sunday Telegraph that it is a 'coffee stained rather than coffee table book", for taking out in the garden. Bunny enjoys a nice cup of coffee while savouring her vegetable garden and that is a major part of my writing, to encourage enjoyment of vegetable growing and a love of your beautiful plants.
Soil and vegetables are my passion and I seek to convey their amazing qualities in my writing and teaching about them; I hope you also learn to enjoy growing and savouring good food.

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

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

Charles's crops positively glow with health, in testament to his methods ... he conveys a deep reverence for the soil, which has fuelled his no-dig ethos. --The Kitchen Garden

Charles is a passionate and accomplished gardener, who grows vegetables of amazing flavour. --Raymond Blanc

Charles's crops positively glow with health, in testament to his methods ... he conveys a deep reverence for the soil, which has fuelled his no-dig ethos. --The Kitchen Garden

About the Author

Charles started growing organic vegetables commercially in 1982 and was an early pioneer of vegetable boxes. He runs organic gardening courses from his farm in Somerset, where he grows an extensive range of vegetables and year-round salads for local shops and restaurants. He is author of Salad Leaves, and How to Grow Winter Vegetables, both published by Green Books. He regularly writes for the RHS magazine, Grow It! and Blackmore Vale magazine and many other periodicals. His website is www.charlesdowding.co.uk

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Gardening 22 July 2013
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An excellent book with lots of down to earth tips. I have been growing vegetables for over twenty years now and still found many interesting facts and new ways to grown things.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars proper gardening 25 May 2013
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these methods should be taught in schools, he makes alot of sense and easy to read and understand, this book will save you money by showing you how easy it is to grow good vegetables at the right time of the year with minimum digging effort.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars all any veg grower needs to now in one book 30 May 2013
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very clear, informative and well laid out. this is when reference books come into their own on the kindle, so easy to search for exactly what you need and to cross reference. and plus no digging in the garden!! its all good......
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic gardening book 23 May 2013
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My husband has an allotment and grows organically, he has several books on the subject but found this one really helpful.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab book 2 Feb 2014
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This is a well written informative book from a experenced gardener.Although i have not tried the no dig way yet.This book as inspired me to try it out at a later date.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book 18 Aug 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been growing vegetables for a few years and wanted to become more Eco-friendly in my approach. As the title suggests this is supposed to be an organic gardening book. However I found the book much more about the no dig way. I understand this is in the subtitle but I think it's important to point this out. The organic principles could have been developed more.

Nonetheless, this didn't distract from the quality of the content. I've learned loads and intend to use many of the authors tips next year. In fact I read the book front to back! Pay attention to the varieties he suggests as I'm a big believer in trying different varieties.

Would I recommend this book?

Absolutely, my favourite vege book to date and you don't need any experience as the basics are well covered. 4 out of 5 for the misleading title, 5 out of 5 for content.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE Book on Vegetable Gardening 8 Sep 2014
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If you only ever buy one book about vegetable gardening - buy this one by Charles Dowding. Packed with clear, concise information about how to lay out beds, composting and how and when to sow and grow a terrific range of vegetables. I wish I owned this book years ago and can't wait to buy his other books. I can't recommend it highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Easy to follow! 9 Jun 2014
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Glad I found this book because it's easy to follow. I want to start a veg. plot from scratch and this looks like the ideal book for me. Plus how to plan the plot etc. Now I can get on with the project.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book. One of
Brilliant book. One of, if not the best practical guide to raised bed organic growing and productive growing in general. Read more
Published 9 days ago by Langdon
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're a beginner it's better to start with some books written by...
I live and garden in Finland so most of the info about sowing and planting dates obviously needs to be adjusted to our short growing season. Read more
Published 25 days ago by J. Nina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent book. Definately recommend to any serious gardener.
Published 1 month ago by dbarratt
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book.
An excellent book. It gives practical information and is well written. A good reference work. As usual it arrived promptly.
Published 4 months ago by Margaret Barry
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This was an interesting purchase works well when you remember that you do not need to do the back breaking digging, we will see if the product are as good next year
Published 4 months ago by jenks
5.0 out of 5 stars Organic Gardening: The Natural No-dig Way
Great book with lots of information, tips to save money and avoid disappointing results, looking forward to putting them into practice
Published 6 months ago by MR D MILLIAM
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the way forward
A very helpful introduction to 'no-dig' and the basic ideas behind it and organic gardening. It is simple to understand, well-illustrated and provides much unusual information... Read more
Published 6 months ago by liblob
5.0 out of 5 stars DO BUY IT!
The method I read many years ago and it is updated, the pictures are highly relevant and NOT overdone. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Retired engineer
5.0 out of 5 stars It was a gift but
The person I offered it loved it!
She is a great gardener and seems to have learnt so many tips thanks to this book.
Published 12 months ago by Kitty
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