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Charles Dowding Show Thread

farmerjesse
Mon, 06 May 2019 08:13:52 GMT

When I learned Charles Dowding had done no-dig on the scale he had back through the 80s I had to get him on. I mean, I probably would have had him on anyway, but dude was a no-till market gardener from way back... The audio sucks, I know. I really tried, y’all, but I did not want to lose or scrap or redo this one because it was such a good converstaion. So beyond that, whatd’ya think?

huntalexander
Thu, 09 May 2019 13:28:23 GMT

I felt like you were having a conversation with C-3PO

farmerjesse
Thu, 09 May 2019 15:58:39 GMT

C-3po with madd gardening skills, though

kncdelano
Sun, 12 May 2019 01:50:42 GMT

I got a ton from this episode. I really needed to hear about his battles with perennial weeds in his first year beds, as I’m having those same battles (especially with cooch/quack grass).

shannonatsilverforgefarm
Mon, 13 May 2019 01:37:11 GMT

Kncdelano, Amazing how some of this stuff comes up through ANYTHING - I think the bindweed in our newly made beds could lift up a truck. What grows back gets weaker and weaker every week though, so there is hope!

huerta_tarruco
Fri, 24 May 2019 21:45:23 GMT

I suspect his "tiny garden" is probably not what he is exclusively living from these days he is more of a content creator, writer currently than market farmer. But i like his style especially multysowing (multiple seeds per cell) root crops for transplanting such as beets, carrots, onions, leeks is a HUGE time saver. Also poking holes with a long handled dibbler and dropping in seedlings into holes without much bending over is surprisingly quick and good on the back, AND allows for a very sloppy bed prep in fact the other day after clearing spinach that was in plasticulture i just twisted out spinach, removed plastic, dibbled holes and dropped in lettuces and watered. Really lean bed flip, no compost just some added fertilizer over the dibbled holes, so far so good and truly no-till.

farmerjesse
Sun, 26 May 2019 08:30:28 GMT

I love that long handled dibbler idea. I always want a long handled trowel.

laurencejarrettkerr
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:18:15 GMT

When transplanting into well rotted compost it's so dense and wet that I can't get my fingers in when transplanting so I got a dibber like his and works well.

farmerjesse
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:30:23 GMT

Nice, good to know

laurencejarrettkerr
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:49:34 GMT

I'm thinking of a tool that would be cross between the bed roller and the grider for planting into manure would be cool.

farmerjesse
Wed, 29 May 2019 09:56:53 GMT

They make those dibblers for the johnnys bed roller that might work. They are not cheap but with enough weight would likely get through

laurencejarrettkerr
Wed, 29 May 2019 11:16:25 GMT

Based in the UK, so probably need to get something made. But yeah that's a great shout