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How to Create a New Vegetable Garden Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch by Charles Dowding
  

How to Create a New Vegetable Garden Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch

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How I wish I’d had this book when I was starting out on reclaiming a plot. Charles Dowding writes from experience, his book is copiously illustrated with his progress in reclaiming his new garden showing even the most hopeless ground can be made useful. He’s also an advocate of organic no-dig gardening – and how much back-breaking work would have been avoided if I’d just adopted the no-dig bit! Valuable nuggets of knowledge are scattered through the text leaving readers to wonder why no-one else has thought to tell the novice such things as the average depth of root growth, the minimum period for ground coverage to eliminate weeds, how far plants can be pruned back. This may be a splendid and detailed guide to creating a new vegetable (fruit and flowers also covered) garden but there’s so that can also be adopted for existing gardens – a gardening bible if ever there was one.

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Synopsis

How to Create a New Vegetable Garden Producing a Beautiful and Fruitful Garden from Scratch by Charles Dowding

Charles Dowding draws on his years of experience, to show how easy it is to start a new vegetable garden. Any plot -- whether a building site, overgrown with weeds or unwanted lawn -- can be turned into a beautiful and productive vegetable area. Charles's no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. The book takes you step-by-step through: * Planning and early stages * Clearing the ground * Mulch - what, why, how? * Minimizing digging * Sowing and planting across the seasons * Growing in polytunnels and greenhouses It is filled with labour-saving ideas and the techniques that Charles uses to garden so successfully, and is illustrated throughout with photos and tales from Charles's first year in his new vegetable garden.

Reviews

'If this doesn't encourage more of us to turn our gardens into productive and beautiful spaces, I don't know what will.' -- Anne Swithinbank, broadcaster and gardening writer

'Whether you're a dedicated gardener or a newcomer to the word of growing, take a look: Charles's methods work beautifully.' -- Mark Diacono, gardener, food writer and broadcaster

'How to clear weeds and grow great plants: Charles explains from a wealth of experience.' -- Sarah Raven, journalist and garden writer

About the Author

Charles Dowding is an internationally recognized organic gardening expert and winner of the 2014 Garden Media Guild Practical Journalist of the Year award. He talks on radio and television and contributes articles to many magazines, including Gardeners' World, Gardens Illustrated and Grow It! He gives regular talks, runs courses and advises many gardeners on best practice, including the National Trust in the UK. He is a veteran organic grower, having practised no-dig gardening for many years. In his gardens over the years he has run experiments to compare differences in growth between vegetables on dug and undug soil. He has discovered different patterns of growth in most seasons, with slightly lower yields, more weeds and slugs found on the dug beds. He is currently establishing a new garden to illustrate no-dig practice and form the basis for a new experiment. He says: I have always been interested in lookiing 'behind the scenes' and asking why things are as they are, questioning practices that are taken for granted. This led me to grow organically, at a time when the chemical approach was rarely challenged.

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Book Info

Publication date

12th February 2015

Author

Charles Dowding

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Publisher

Green Books

Format

Hardback
224 pages

Categories

Cookery, Food and Drink
Lifestyle & Health
Gardening
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Gardening: growing fruit & vegetables
Organic gardening

ISBN

9780857842442

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