Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Garden Diary
I recently purchased this book and thought I’d share my thoughts on it.
Over the last few years I have purchased a few of Charles’ other Gardening titles, and in line with his advice on how to set up raised beds easily I did just that and now successfully grow a wide variety of produce.
The book is intended as a manual of Gardening techniques filled with splendid illustrations and contains many pictures of Charles’ own garden and produce.
168 pages long, at least three-quarters of the book is Charles’ advice on how to grow great crops.
Although devised as a diary, it is in-fact a perpetual or any day dairy designed for you to add your own notes, comments and to store your own information, for future reference.
The advice printed in the diary section is linked to each week of the year, some of the information included is when is the best time to sow, different tried sowing and planting methods, the advantages of no dig which results in less time needed, and how to control weeds by mulching.
The seed sowing starts in the Diary on Valentine’s day, and guides you through on what to sow right through to the week before Valentine’s day the next year, Charles also covers how to feed soil, for resulting strong and healthy growth and more productivity, and the best times to harvest, including information on storing your produce.
This book has been designed as a gardening companion with seasonal pointers, the intention is that you can add your own notes alongside the advice given by Charles.
The book is wire bound and the covers are laminated for easy use when out and about in the garden.
I’ve already read this book cover to cover twice and made notes along the way, and I’ve set out my planned seed sowing regime for the coming Spring following Charles’ advice, and already started adding more mulch to my raised beds in order to get my no-dig adventure off the best start in 2017.
And through the pages of Charles book I’ve discovered the solution to my ponderings on how to grow lots of onions close together in order to produce lots of pickled onion sized onions for my Pickling needs in 2017.
I’ve found this book easy to follow and beautifully set out, there is a large index containing everything I needed to know and I cannot wait o get sowing my seeds.
This is a great book for any beginner or the more experienced Gardener, and would be a great Christmas present for any Allotment Grower.
The Book is priced at £14.95 or Signed at £15.95 Direct from Charles who Self Published the book.
The book is also available from that other online bookshop, but I suggest you buy directly from Charles as he posts out very quickly.
For more information on Charles Dowding’s other Books, Courses, and the No-dig method visit his site here.
(Disclaimer, I do not, and have not gained in any way by reviewing this book)