The guide to creating and growing in a no dig garden, and then preserving and cooking your produce. With chapters on compost, setting up your beds, how to sow, grow and harvest at what times, as well as turning produce into food, medicinals and cleaning products.
Winner of The Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year Award at The Garden Media Guild Awards, 2017
No dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and less weeds. No dig experts, Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no dig garden. They describe how to:
• Make compost and enrich soil
• Learn skills you need to sow and grow annual and perennial veg
• Harvest and prepare food year round
• Make natural cosmetics, cleaning products and garden preparations
These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors’ combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.
Charles’ advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently; he is the acknowledged no dig guru and salad expert both in the UK and internationally.
Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She creates delicious seasonal recipes made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.
“Charles has become the guru of no dig growing. He’s a really good grower of organic and fabulous produce … I’m a convert now ... one should dig as little as possible.”
Monty Don, Gardeners’ World, BBC 1, April 2017
“The judges were bowled over by the sheer volume of useful information in this comprehensive book. Written with obvious passion by people who practice what they preach, it’s full of immensely logical and clear explanations ... A hugely practical book that is perfect for anyone interested in growing their own veg.”
Judges’ statement on No Dig Organic Home and Garden, winner of The Peter Seabrook Practical Book of the Year Award at The Garden Media Guild Awards, 2017
|Book title||No Dig Organic Home & Garden: grow, cook, use and store your harvest|
|Author||Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty|