Now available: Charles Dowding's Vegetable Garden Diary 3rd Edition


A journal with a perpetual diary, a manual of gardening to inform and inspire, packed with illustrations and an introduction by Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cookery School Three quarters Charles's advice on how to grow great crops, one quarter writing space for each day. Use it year after year to make the best decisions, with your notes alongside Charles's suggestions, for future reference. Advice in the diary section is linked to each week of the season and takes you through the whole process, from clearing weeds, feeding soil and sowing to harvests and storing vegetables.

  • Advice on sowing and planting methods, plus raising plants at home

  • Best sowing dates - seeds neither fail in cold nor start too late

  • Advantages of no dig, saving time, giving fewer weeds and bigger crops

  • How to maintain control of weeds through timely mulching and hoeing

  • How to feed soil just once a year, for strong and healthy growth

  • When and how to make all the harvests, with advice on storing produce too.

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