Charles Dowding is a British No-dig expert who develops and explains time and labour saving-methods of gardening, high yelding and nature friendly:
– no-dig for less work, strong growth and fewer weeds
– quick ways of growing and picking salad leaves
– multi-sowing vegetables to grow in clumps
– making and using compost
Since 1982 he has created and cropped four no dig market gardens on different soils, from stone to silt to clay. In the 1980s he cropped 7.5 acres (3ha) of no dig beds. In the 1990s he farmed in France.
Currently he grows vegetables on a third of an acre in Somerset, SW England zone 8. He sells £20,000 of harvests locally, mainly salad leaves, and many vegetables are served on courses at Homeacres.
There are two crops a year from beds which are cheap to establish and quick to maintain. Charles’ methods are easy to understand and work on small areas as well as large ones. No dig scales up and down easily.
He has written eleven books and an annual calendar of sowing dates, runs a You Tube channel with 46 million views, writes for national gardening magazines, and gives talks and courses at home and abroad. He has created four online courses, No Dig Gardening Course, Skills for Growing Course, From Seed to Harvest Course A to C and From Seed to Harvest Course F to T.