A Day with Charles Dowding No Dig Gardening 

No Dig Gardening

Introduction to the No Dig Method with Charles Dowding

Join us for an insightful experience into the world of No Dig gardening with the pioneer Charles Dowding, set amidst the serene backdrop of Ballyteige Lodge, Co Wicklow. The two exclusive one-day courses will take place on:

Saturday 6th April
And
Sunday 7th April
From 10am

Discovering Organic No Dig Practices

Charles Dowding has revolutionized the method of growing fruits and vegetables organically with his No Dig approach. This technique not only fosters healthy, vibrant crops but also prioritizes sustainability by maintaining nutrient-rich soil. Learn how No Dig gardening allows you to work in harmony with the soil, leading to robust plants and abundant yields without strenuous effort. Experience the benefits of undisturbed soil that naturally optimizes drainage, warmth, moisture retention, and crucially, carbon sequestration.

Programme for the Day Course

Morning Session: Introduction to No Dig
10:00 AM: Arrival at Ballyteige Lodge with welcoming Coffee and Scones.

Introduction to No Dig: Delve into the advantages of the No Dig method, including time and effort savings, improved soil ecology, and health. Charles will guide you through the process using visual aids from his own garden, covering various topics such as tackling perennial weeds, utilizing cardboard and black plastic, and effective composting techniques. Explore seasonal strategies, from harvesting winter vegetables to seed saving, and tap into unmeasurable energies through copper tools, Biodynamics, and more.

Midday: Nourishing Lunch
Indulge in a delectable two-course vegetarian buffet, complete with vegan options, coffee, tea, and kombucha.

Afternoon Session: Practical Applications
Creating a New Plant Bed: Witness the transformation of a plot into a new plant bed, using a range of compost types.
Building a Compost Heap: Participate in constructing a new compost heap with provided materials.

Interactive Conclusion: Questions and Answers
Engage with Charles Dowding in an open Q&A session to clarify your gardening queries.

Exploring Ballyteige Lodge
Post-course, guests are invited to wander through 20 acres of Ballyteige Lodge's historical gardens. Established in the 1890s, the estate boasts a rich array of features including mature trees, vibrant flower borders, a deciduous forest, and a stunning water garden. Don't miss the Temperate Rainforest, a haven for ancient mosses and rare ferns.

Gift Vouchers
Gift Vouchers for No-Dig Gardening Stay with Accommodation & Dinner.
Contact Sean 087 611 5016 or email seandavidmcardle@gmail.com

Booking and Costs
Price: €185 per day, inclusive of lunch and refreshments. Reservations:
Book your place online. Limited to 50 guests per day.

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