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No Dig Talk – BBC Gardeners’ World Live

I am speaking today about No Dig Allotment at the Let Talk Allotments stage at BBC Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC.

I’m here until Saturday. If you’re attending the show do come and say hello!

There are some fantastic show gardens, will share photos this evening.

6 comments

  1. Hi there Stephanie, I attended your 12.00pm talk today and found it very enjoyable and informative. I have been converting slowly to no dig for the last two years (my husband has to be restrained from ‘builder’ digging on my allotment plots!) and so am still a novice, but I am hopeful that people will start to notice the benefit more soon. I probably have a bit more of a ‘wild’ attitude and leave more weeds for the wildlife than many would but it seems to be working. I’ve also started experimenting with straw bale gardening this year on a patch that seems to grow nothing well otherwise. I am trying to spread the word about all this amongst our plotholders and so have taken a few of your postcards to pass out to anyone showing interest in no dig. We still have some old fashioned die hard diggers and rotavators, but a number of our newer members seem very interested. Good luck with the rest of your time at the show, hope the weather stays kind!

    1. Thanks Alys and that sounds great! Good luck with your experiments, that’s the great thing with gardening – we can all adapt no dig and create our own way of doing things 🙂

  2. Hi Stephanie,
    We booked tickets for Saturday as you said you were there till then….
    …and then found out you were only doing talks on Thursday. Oh well, you win some…. Maybe we’ll see you around. Our newish allotment plot is being created no dig, much to the suspicion and muttering/sniggers of the other allotment holders, but we’re persevering. Have been committed to the idea of no dig for the last three years and it’s amazing how all of a sudden it’s really taking off.
    We’ve already met you at one of Charles’ course days at Homeacres two years ago and have both your books, but it would have been nice to say ‘hi’.
    All the best
    Jan
    PS How do you get on with your hotbin? Think I’m starting to get the knack with mine as I’m trying to create as much compost as possible.

    1. Oh sorry about that, I had mentioned that the talks for the Allotment Association were on Thursday (and that’s on the GW website etc) but I am here until Saturday so can see how it could be misunderstood.

      There’s loads of other talks on the Lets Talk Allotments stage and elsewhere so I’m sure you’ll have a great time. It’s such a good show. The Good Food show there is fab too.

      I love my hotbin and now have two!

  3. Very nice talk with a lot of standing extra audience, too. You and the subject are very popular obviously.

    i always get extra information and new thoughts about the technique. Many thanks.

    Good to meet up.

    The mug is going to my gardener friend who helps me with the ornamental and heavy stuff. He’ll be thrilled!

    1. Glad you enjoyed it and that the mug will have a happy home. It’s lovely how much interest there is in no dig and growing your own

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