Thrifty Thursdays Charles Dowding – The Intimacies of Soil

  • Thu 25 January 2018
  • 6.30 pm

Join Charles Dowding, an acclaimed innovator of no dig organic growing, for an enlightening talk on the intimacies of soil. Dowding will share his knowledge of soil; how little we know of the life in there, and how to help soil organisms do their work in a way that benefits us and our need for food. In this talk, Dowding will demonstrate the benefits of no dig organic growing for you and your garden. This event is part of Thrifty Thursdays – a series of free events running alongside the current exhibition ‘The Land We Live In – The Land We Left Behind’. Taking the exhibition as a starting point to explore themes relating to the rural, each week a different artist, writer, gardener, land-worker, academic or performer will join us. The bar will be open before the event from 5.45 pm until 6.30 pm. Please note, the main exhibition will be closed, however the Bourgeois Gallery, which is the final room in the exhibition, will be open. This is a free event, however booking is required. Register here About Charles Dowding: Charles is a lead innovator of organic and especially no dig gardening, since 1983. In addition, he pioneers and publicises new methods of growing / picking / marketing salad leaves. He has created and cropped four no dig, organic market gardens, on a range of soils: stony, silt and clay. In the 1980s his garden covered 7.5 acres (3ha) of no dig beds and was less intensive than now. His growing methods are as applicable in small areas as in large ones. Currently he crops an intensive 0.25 acres/1000 square metres in Somerset, SW England, for local sales of salad leaves and vegetables. He has written nine books, runs a You Tube channel, appears on BBC gardening programmes and gives talks and courses at home and abroad.

Photo courtesy Charles Dowding