Winner of the Garden Media Guild (UK) Practical Book of the Year Award for 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, including 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
The no dig approach works as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The authors' combined experience covers methods of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, and includes recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably, and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year round.
An acknowledged expert in no dig and author of a half-dozen books on the subject, Charles' advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently. 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 for to make handmade preparations for the home and garden.
About the Authors
Stephanie Hafferty is an organic no dig kitchen gardener, writer and chef, specializing in seasonal plant based food. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of growing and cooking to feed families and communities.
Charles is a pioneer of organic and no dig growing since 1983, and is increasingly famous for the outputs and beauty of his gardens. He has created and cropped four no dig, organic market gardens, on stony, silt and clay soils. His growing methods are as applicable in small areas as in large ones. Currently he crops an intensive quarter-acre in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables. He has written nine books, runs a busy You Tube channel, appears on BBC gardening programmes and teaches extensively at home and abroad.
'In short, this is a superb book and is as beautiful as it is practical. It an absolute credit to the publishers and authors who have worked together to create a book that is a pleasure to read and a joy to behold.' - Permaculture Magazine
'All of these extras combine to make this more of a manual for self sufficiency and an alternative lifestyle than a straight gardening book, and it is all the more useful and thought provoking for it. It is a brilliant place for a beginner to start and will also give old timers pause to consider doing things in this alternative way.' - Gardens Illustrated (Book of the Month)
1. Growing Skills
2. Where to Grow, Size of Plot, Deciding Inputs
3. No Dig, Clearing Weeds and Ongoing Soil Care
4. Sow, Plant, Space, Water
5. Prevent, Deal with Pests and Diseases
6. DIY Potions for your Garden, Home and Body
7. Transforming Waste into Compost
8. Longer Seasons
9. Storing Produce after Harvest
10. Storing and Preserving your Harvest
11. Saving Seeds
12. Food and Recipes
13. Top Perennial Vegetables
14. Top Vegetables for Roots and Leaves
15. Top Vegetables for Pods and Fruit
16. Salad Leaves all Year
17. Growing and using Herbs
18. Growing and using Edible Flowers
19. Some Different Plants to Grow
20. Selling, Trading