Creating a Productive No-Dig Garden in under a Year

Maddy Harland
Thursday, 6th March 2014

Charles Dowding is the master of No Dig gardening. Tim and I were lucky enough to visit him in late autumn and not only enjoy learning how he gardens (he is a dedicated experimenter), we also got to eat an entire three course meal from the garden in November. It was delicious.

We were so inspired that when Charles told us about this new video, we wanted to share it with you. Here Charles shows us around his new vegetable garden which is less than a year old. It is beautifully abundant and diverse and was all created on old pasture. He proves you can create an edible paradise in under a year.

The grass was never weeded or dug out, instead, Charles laid down year old cow manure and then old carpet on top.

Remarkably, within just a few months, Charles was able to begin planting and sowing, and has grown an amazing amount of food all summer and autumn, weed-free.

Charles explains his continual experiments with no dig against dig and the yields from different composts. 

Once you've seen the amazing results Charles has obtained in such a short period of time, you'll never look back!

Useful resources

For more on no-dig read Charles Dowding's Organic Gardening - The Natural No-Dig Way for a special price of £12.95

Maddy visits Charles Dowding's no-dig garden in the latest issue of Permaculture, issue 79

Also from Charles Dowding: How to Grow Winter Vegetables for a special price of £12.95

And Salad Leaves For All the Seasons

No-dig gardening

Soil experiments: how no-dig systems prevent soil erosion

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