Ebenezer: Charles Dowding…

With Notes on Spring planting…
An illustrated talk by Charles Dowding

Friday 10 April 2015

Ebenezer Presents is delighted to welcome back Charles Dowding for this lavishly illustrated talk on creating a vegetable garden. After his sell-out spectacular last year, we’ve been bombarded with requests for his return! So we will celebrate his new book, How to Create a New Vegetable Garden, and learn of the latest experiments from our own favourite gardening guru.

He will discuss ways to clear weedy ground, the pros and cons of various suitable mulches, how to create an ‘instant garden’ when using compost as mulch – and much, much more. All illustrated with fertile photos from his wildly productive garden at Homeacres near Shepton Mallet – created from scratch out of weedy pasture…

As well as supplying shops and restaurants with organic vegetables all year round, Homeacres has evolved as a tremendous local resource – a great teaching garden from which Charles runs regular courses. And when not growing and teaching, he writes constantly for national gardening publications.

He has authored 7 books, made 7 films and lectures all around the country and abroad. His theme, he says, is simple: how to grow more with less effort. His magnificent plants and vegetables, his passion for his art, his constant desire to experiment and improve, all make him the most informative and enjoyable of gardening gurus.

Charles has been growing organic vegetables for 3 decades, with a ‘no dig’ approach to his soils. He has managed 4 different market gardens over the years and his articles, books, lectures and courses have made him one of this country’s most popular and respected gardening experts. Do have a look at his website for more information and some fabulous photos of vegetables!

Charles Dowding’s books include: 
Organic Gardening the Natural, No Dig Way; Salad Leaves for All Seasons; How to Grow Winter Vegetables; Charles Dowding’s Vegetable Course; Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal; Gardening Myths; Creating a New Vegetable Garden.

Charles will have signed copies of his books for sale at special Ebenezer knock-down prices! 
And – if he can spare any – he will also bring a small selection of plants and salads for sale. There may even be some with our seasonal supper soups!

Friday 10 April 2015
Doors open at 7.00 for a 7.30pm start
£12.50 (on the door) includes a glass of wine and supper…

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Dear Friends & Guests,
To keep the gentlefolk of Aller happy we need all Ebenezees to park carefully. There will be highly qualified parking attendants to help but please note:
There is disabled access around the back of the building, so all those who find the stairs tricky should drive in to the yard and go towards the far end.
There is space for 20 or so cars in the Seed Factory car park. But if you have a very large vehicle it would be helpful if you could park outside.
If you park on the road, please do not park on the same side as the Seed Factory. 
There are spaces down the lane past the pub, particularly down Church Path.
There is also parking behind the Village Hall, just opposite the Seed Factory. We are welcome to use the space as long as there are no events at the Hall at the same time. Any doubts please check with our Parking squad.
Many thanks ~ Ebenezer Presents

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Friday 5 June: Strawberry Hill ~ Marion Harney
Friday 26 June: Deeper than Indigo ~ Jenny Balfour-Paul

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