I received an invitation to visit Charles Dowding's garden near Shepton Mallet to find out more about 'No Dig' vegetable growing and to learn about his new book 'Charles Dowding's No dig gardening Course 1' I am going to whisper very quietly that I try my hardest not to dig anyway, which actually made the reason to go even more acute as I was fascinated to see what he had to say.
It is such a good book as it is very much a course. It is the online course Charles runs but in book form. It is packed with information and has a quiz at the end of each section. The quiz is brilliant as if you cannot answer the question you (ok, I) just have to go back over the section to find the answer. This is so much more efficient than just reading it and hoping it sinks in. Of course I am not going to talk you through everything Charles said, you really do have to buy the book.
I genuinely left the morning buzzing with excitement and determined to change how I grow vegetables in future. Regular readers will know I have been container growing most of my veg this year and that will continue, it has worked well for some vegetables but not so good for others. I have wanted to revamp my veg garden and now I know how.
So I have to give a massive thank you to Charles and Steph and Emma Mason PR for such a good morning. I learned lots and came away inspired.
There is a part two to this day as going to Somerset was a bit of a schlep from Leicester and Emma kindly arranged for us to be able to go on to The Newt which is nearby. More of that another time.....
Stay safe all and be kind.