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Jul 31, 2023

This week we welcome Charles Dowding, the godfather of the no dig method! There is no one better to give us the scoop on no dig. In this method, you don’t disturb the soil as much as possible, add mulch on top to stop the weeds, and feed the soil with organic matter.

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Charles Dowding has made no dig popular with millions of readers and viewers. They love how it’s good for the soil, healthy for plants and easier plus time-saving for them. His growing methods are applicable for small areas and large ones, and are used worldwide. Since 1982 he has created and cropped four no dig market gardens on varied soils from stony to silt, and on two types of clay. Currently he grows vegetables on 0.35 acres/1300 meters 2 in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables. He has written 14 books, runs a YouTube channel and Instagram account, has created and sells online gardening courses, writes for gardening magazines, and gives talks plus courses at home and abroad.

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