Charles Dowding

Charles graduated from Cambridge in 1980 and then started an organic, no dig market garden. He is self-taught and learns from observation at home and abroad and is trialling new methods all the time. He teaches, writes and grows vegetables for sale, has seven books published and seven films on his Youtube channel.

My approach to teaching:

It's about stimulating pupils to be excited about what they can create, using the principles and methods I explain so they can work out their own best approach in the garden.

What inspires your own work?

My inspiration is the growth of plants showing me the life and quality of soil, and the possibilities of creating beauty in a vegetable garden, ornamental as well as productive.

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