Charles Dowding Launches #NoDigDay To Celebrate Joy of No Dig Gardening

Growing fresh fruit and veg has officially taken root. With more households harvesting homegrown produce, English horticulturalist and pioneer of no dig gardening, Charles Dowding, has announced the launch of the first ever #NoDigDay.

Taking place on Thursday 3rd November 2022, the one-day event will encourage others to grow healthy food more easily, help increase wildlife beneath our feet, and celebrate the benefits of no dig gardening. To get involved with #NoDigDay, all you need to do is slip on your gardening gloves and give no dig a go. You’ll also find lots of tips, tricks and successes from the gardening community, too.

According to Charles, November is a brilliant month to plan ahead for a bumper year of growing and harvesting. The temperature might be taking a turn, but placing organic matter, such as compost, on your borders will help improve the soil’s ability to hold carbon, while also creating a soft surface for sowing and planting in early spring.

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“We are delighted to launch this annual appreciation of no dig which will bring together a world of experience, to be shared with gardeners of all abilities, to show how easy it is to help themselves and the environment,” Charles said.

“One of the huge benefits those new to no dig will discover is how the process is not only simple to do, but it can be almost instant. Once the weeds are suppressed and topped with a good mulch, you can sow your seeds or pop young plants straight into it and then watch them grow.”

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No dig gardening is simple: it’s a method of cultivation that aims for minimal disturbance of the soil. Instead of using a spade or fork, this healthy way of gardening is done with your hands — and will result in stronger plant growth due to the soil not being disturbed.

Charles adds: “We are really looking forward to ‘no diggers’ coming together to reveal their own hacks and experiences and to learn about the many great benefits of no dig growing. We hope you will all come and join us for a very special #NoDigDay!”

For more information about how to get involved, head to charlesdowding.co.uk.

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