How To Create A New Vegetable Garden
“How to clear weeds and grow great plants: Charles explains from a wealth of experience.” – Sarah Raven, journalist and author
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.
In his foreword to the book Steve Mercer, former journalist for Which? Gardening magazine, says: “Charles has had years of experience growing his own veg (not forgetting fruit and ornamentals,) and his advice is founded on his experimental approach to growing, which is the real strength of his latest book. It doesn’t just provide advice on starting your own veg plot, but also documents in detail the first year in his own new garden. If there are alternative techniques for clearing land and building fertility, you can be sure Charles has tried them - as you would expect of a teacher and experimenter.”
The book takes you step-by-step through planning and early stages, short cuts for clearing the ground and killing persistent weeds, the what, why and how of mulching, minimizing digging, sowing and planting across the seasons, and growing in polytunnels and greenhouses. It will help you make and maintain a vegetable garden that is also a beautiful garden.
Charles’s no-nonsense and straightforward advice is the perfect starting point for the beginner or experienced gardener. His endless curiosity spills out of every page of the book and the details of his experiments to determine which mulch, compost or method works best are scattered throughout - including an experiment on the no-dig method for which he is famous.
It is impossible not to feel inspired by the unique combination of helpful guidance and enthusiastic encouragement of experimentation. As Charles proves, there is no plot of land too wild to tame, nor does anyone have all the answers - if you have a vision then this book will give you the helpful hints and tips to save you time as well as giving you the confidence to have a go and find your own solutions.
Hardback available from www.greenbooks.co.uk Price: £19.99