No-dig organic gardening saves time and work. It requires an annual dressing of compost to help accelerate the improvement in soil structure and leads to higher fertility and fewer weeds. No-dig experts, Charles Dowding and Stephanie Hafferty, explain how to set up a no-dig garden. They describe how to: Make compost, enrich soil, harvest and prepare food and make natural beauty and cleaning products and garden preparations. These approaches work as well in small spaces as in large gardens. The Authors' combined experience gives you ways of growing, preparing and storing the plants you grow for many uses, including delicious vegetable feasts and many recipes and ideas for increasing self-reliance, saving money, living sustainably and enjoying the pleasure of growing your own food, year-round. Charles' advice is distilled from 35 years of growing vegetables intensively and efficiently; he is the acknowledged no-dig guru and salad expert both in the UK and internationally. Stephanie, a kitchen gardener, grows in her small, productive home garden and allotment, and creates no-dig gardens for restaurants and private estates. She presents truly delicious seasonal recipes, made from the vegetables anyone can grow. She also explains how to use common plants you can grow and forage for to make handmade preparation for the home and garden.
Charles Dowding is a pioneer of organic and no-dig growing since 1983, creating and cropping four market gardens, the largest of seven acres. He has written seven books, runs a busy YouTube channel and teaches extensively at home and abroad.
Stephanie Hafferty is an organic no-dig kitchen gardener, designer and chef specialising in seasonal plant-based food. She is passionate about sharing her knowledge of growing and cooking to feed families and communities.
"[...] the no-dig method is steadily gaining a devoted following because it is simple, logical and it provides good results with minimal work [...] Dowding's new book with Stephanie Hafferty explains the theory and method in detail and with characteristic thoroughness [...] it goes on to cover every possible aspect of growing, cooking and preserving, combining all of Dowding and Hafferty's knowledge, ideas and recipes. All of these extras combine to make this more of a manual for self sufficiency than a straight gardening book.. a brilliant place for a beginner to start and will also give old timers pause to consider doing things in this alternative way."
– Lia Leendertz, Gardens Illustrated
"[...] A treasure of information, it is a complete guide to fertility and healthiness, from soil to body, made clear through real life experience."
– Lorenzo Costa, Permaculture magazine
"This is what I would call a complete 'organic lifestyle' book. The lifestyle is that you the reader can learn about how to grow his or her own organic vegetables and use recipes that give you inspiration for what to do with some of the produce. It is beautifully produced with lots of detailed pictures to help guide you."
– Richard Swann, Star & Furrow: Journal of The Biodynamic Association