Winter reading

little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

on a wet afternoon recently I was browsing gardening books on kindle I came across Charles Dowdings myths and misconceptions and found it interesting, I then looked at samples of his gardening books and downloaded growing winter veg as I struggle to have enough veg to get us right through.

it may not be for every body but I have used no dig in my raised beds for many years and if your just starting With veg it's worth a look



  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Thanks Ann I'll have a Google. Do you like Kalo Nero Kale?  Mine is prolific but we don't much like it dunno why I grew it image

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    Hi Kef I havnt grown it yet but OH loves green veg so I'm hoping I can sow and plant every thing at the right times this year

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Hello little-ann image I have Charles Dowdings book 'Organic Gardening, the natural no-dig way' as I'm planning my new allotment on the no-dig way. Find it inspirational. Raised beds organised, manure at the ready!

    Also read the 'Half Hour Allotment'  by ? (Oops will have to look for the author).

    Re-reading both and have put in a library request for Bob Flowerdews latest.

    Interested to hear of your no-dig veg beds. Any chance you could add to the debates going on with Zoomer44's Allotment thread?image

  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    Hi BB will go and have look now image

  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Ann my Rainbow Chard is also doing well even after frost and snow, same with perpetual spinach  image That Kale is very strong and in my opinion bitter. Fidget posted about a veg called Brokale ? spelling grows like sprouts and is a cross in terms of taste between broccoli and kale I'm thinking about that for next winter.     

  • BizzieBBizzieB Posts: 885

    Re 'The halfhour allotment'   authour Lia Leenderts. Recommend not least for the table given of what to grow when and how many plants need for cropping to avoid gluts. Just right for a beginner like me  image 

  • pansyfacepansyface PEAK DISTRICTPosts: 11,010

    Some Cavolo nero recipes to look at here

    When I lived in the south and didn't have a garden, Riverford used to deliver a veg box to me every week, usually with the oddest things in it. To help people out with these unusual items they always included a recipe sheet in the box. Their field kitchen is deservedly famous.

    Apophthegm -  a big word for a small thought.
  • little-annlittle-ann Posts: 879

    Kef my rainbow chard went to seed not sure if it was short of water

  • LoganLogan Posts: 2,535
    I've grown cavolo Nero for a few years it grows well, only use it instead of cabbage. When does the new compost come into the garden centres?
  • KEFKEF Posts: 8,915

    Ann I've Googled Charles Dowdings very interestingimage My chard also had a spell of going to seed but after cutting back it recovered, but we had no shortage of rain here image

    pansyface thank you for the link I've enjoyed looking at it and there are a couple of recipes that I will try.

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