I’m lucky enough to have a couple of skills that I can swap with people. In September, I did just that at the beautiful Homeacres Farm in Somerset. Charles Dowding was running a gardening course and I filmed it for him and this blog.
It was a lovely day, meeting keen growers, getting inspired by all the amazing things growing and sampling some of the vegetables in a fabulous lunchtime feast made by Steph.
I know Charles from a boy. My grandparents lived round the corner from him in Shepton Montague and as kids we used to see him and his family at parties. He remains a great friend of the family and I’ve enjoyed get to know him now that I’m a bit less snotty-nosed.
I came away really inspired to keep transforming my garden, but my head is still buzzing with the information even now in January. We’ll hopefully see some results in my garden this Spring. He has much great advice but the main one is don’t dig. He has proven that the no dig method really works. In fact, he is full of ideas that simply makes your life in your plot a bit simpler. Another thing I was blown away was the birdsong in this garden. You can hear it in the film when you watch it. This garden is so productive, it attracts loads of wildlife.
If you’re just starting out growing or you’re a seasoned grower, doesn’t matter, book yourself on one of these courses and learn from one of the best.