Charles Dowding - No Dig Gardening - 19 September, 2018
The Land Gardeners and Charles Dowding
invite you to a
NO DIG GARDENING WORKSHOP
Wednesday 19th of September 2018
from 10am to 3pm
Wardington Manor, Oxfordshire
Spend the day learning how to grow a flourishing garden without disrupting the soil.
Learn the basics like: clearing grass and weeds by mulching rather than digging. Making soil clean of weeds, how to use different composts and manures for best results, and different ways to make compost.
Sowing and Propagation: directly in modules, pricked out, or into surface compost. Learn about seasonality and timing of sowing for strong, healthy growth, and energy influencers: the moon, biodynamic preparations and copper tools.
Growing: Use of fleece and mesh to speed growth and protect from pests. Reduce slug numbers, protect crops from other pests. Learn how and when to pick crops for healthier, longer living plants and advice on polytunnels.
- Cost £185 - The day will include lessons in, and a walk around Wardington Manor's beautiful garden, morning tea and a delicious organic lunch.
Charles Dowding has pioneered since 1983 many timesaving methods of organic, and especially no dig gardening. In addition, he trials and publicises new ways of growing/picking/marketing salad leaves, and of multi-sowing vegetables.
He has created and cropped four no dig market gardens on different soils: stony, silt, white and ordinary clay. In the 1980s his garden covered 7.5 acres (3ha) of no dig beds and was less intensive than now. His growing methods are as applicable for small areas as large ones.
Currently he crops an intensive 0.25 acres/1000 square metres in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables.
He has written nine books, runs a You Tube channel, writes for national gardening magazines, appears on BBC gardening and gives talks/courses at home and abroad.
Organic Gardening the Natural, No Dig Way. Green Books 2007, third all-colour edition 2013, £14.95
Salad Leaves for All Seasons. Green Books 2008 £10.95
How to Grow Winter Vegetables. Green Books 2011 £14.95
Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course. Frances Lincoln 2012 £16.99
Charles Dowding's Veg Journal - Expert no-dig advice, month by month. Frances Lincoln 2014 £14.99
Gardening Myths. Green Books 2014 £10
How to Create a New Vegetable Garden. Green Books 2015 £19.99
Charles Dowdings Vegetable Garden Diary 2016. No Dig Garden £14.95
No Dig Organic Home and Garden by Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, Permanent May 2017 £19.95, reprinted June and December 2017
Charles' films on YouTube (stats are for May 2018)
The Channel has 68,000 subscribers with 4.7 million views. One half are in the US and Canada, 20% in the UK.
We will discover why our soils are so degraded and how we can make the best microbially active compost to enrich the soil and grow nutrient dense food.
We will learn the basics of a Controlled Aerobic Composting process: a slide lecture will provide a fundamental understanding of why it is absolutely essential to create aerobic compost and the prerequisites to do so successfully.
Through the understanding of the needs of soils and their life, we will look at composting practices. A controlled, aerobic composting process guarantees, that the raw organic matter is transformed into nutrient stable clay-humus-complexes, containing humus-forming microorganisms, that will teach soils how to detoxify themselves, how to feed the plant properly and abundantly, eliminate disease and weed problems and how to reestablish soil fertility.
We will also look at using compost teas. How to produce compost tea properly and how to apply it, in order to gain the greatest benefits.
The afternoon will focus on practical compost work to enable us to create high quality compost efficiently at home and how to make and apply compost teas.
To book a place please email Clare on firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a booking invoice
£50 including lunch of seasonal fresh local produce
The Land Gardeners and The Flower Appreciation Society
invite you to a
CUT FLOWER & ARRANGING FLOWERS WORKSHOP
Wednesday 10th of October 2018
from 10am to 3pm
The Flower Appreciation Society Studio
72A Southgate Rd, London, N1 3JF
Spend a day with us and The Flower Appreciation Society at their London studio planning your cut flower garden so you can produce armfuls of abundant flowers all year round.
The Land Gardeners will teach you how to design, plan and manage your own cut flower garden from a small patch to running your own business. We will cover both the creation of new cut flower borders in your garden or how to use your existing garden as a cut flower resource. You will learn how to plan a garden.
Then the FAS will demonstrate flower arranging, and each guest will have the opportunity to make a small arrangement of cut flowers to take home.
£245 including morning tea and delicious seasonal lunch - and a small arrangement of flowers to take home.
Please note: no refunds will be issued 7 days or less prior to the event
Two Day - How To Redesign Your Garden - 8 & 22 November, 2018 - FULLY BOOKED
The Land Gardeners
invite you to a 2 day workshop
Thursday 8th of November and Thursday 22nd of November, 2018
10am to 3pm
Wardington Manor Walled Garden, Wardington Manor,
Banbury, Oxfordshire, OX17 1SW
A small workshop to help you redesign your garden. For those who want to focus on the layout of your garden and how to replant and manage it this is the perfect course.
We will help you think about ways to incorporate productive elements – fruit, vegetables and cut flowers. Please come armed with plans and photos of the areas you would like to focus on. This will be a hands-on, informative two days. We hope you will leave brimming with ideas and information to help you manage your garden throughout the year ahead.