Win Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal

Gardening?  Pah.  It’s gloomy and it’s wet, cold and mushy so who on earth wants to garden.  Not me.  I’d rather put the kettle on, pop a crumpet (or five) in the toaster and settle down with a good read.  And if you fancy doing the same, why I might even send you a free gardening book.  This one:


Here is what Jessica at Aurum Publishing has to say about Mr Dowding’s Veg Journal:

“Plan bumper harvests the no-dig way – Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal provides simple steps, experienced advice and seasonal checklists to plan a year’s veg growing. The information is taken from the author’s successful Charles Dowding Vegetable Course and is arranged in a useful monthly journal so that no activity is overlooked and readers can follow his mantra of ‘little and often’.

• find success with more than 35 vegetables and herbs from tomatoes to basil, carrots to coriander;

• start a no-dig veg plot on virgin or dug ground, improve the soil and become an expert mulcher and weeder;

• learn key dates for sowing, staking, harvesting and storing using time-saving monthly checklists;

• make a raised bed, tackle slugs and snails, and produce the sweetest-smelling compost;

• understand the techniques for intercropping, companion planting, seed viability and crop succession.

No-dig is a long-established way to grow healthy, organic crops while preserving the soil’s integrity.  Charles Dowding is the UK’s leading expert.”

Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal will be published in February by Frances Lincoln and will retail for £14.99.  But if you would like to win your own free copy, here’s what you need to do:

leave a reply/comment to this post saying that you wish to enter and (if you don’t do so already) follow ‘The Anxious Gardener.’  Erm …  and that’s it!  Easy, huh?

The closing date is midnight on Friday 7th February 2014.  I shall draw the winner out of my rather disreputable, mowing Panama and notify the winner by email.  Sorry to say that you must be a UK resident to enter (or at least have a UK postal address to which the book can be posted).

Good Luck!


To order Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal at the discounted price of £12.00 including p&p* (RRP: £14.99), telephone 01903 828503 or email and quote the offer code APG69.

Alternatively, send a cheque made payable to:

Littlehampton Book Services Mail Order Department, 
Littlehampton Book Services, 
PO Box 4264, 
Worthing, West Sussex
BN13 3RB.

Please quote the offer code APG69 and include your name and address details.

*UK ONLY – Please add £2.50 if ordering from overseas.


This competition is now closed.  Thanks to everyone for entering.

And the winner is … Ros Forge.  Congratulations!

87 thoughts on “Win Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal

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  2. If I were lucky enough to win this it could help prevent the deaths of some poor innocent vegetables before they reached their prime…


  3. This book looks fabulous and is just what I need for my third year of growing veg (I’m still very new to this!) Please enter me into the giveaway. Thank you.


  4. Love your blog! As a fan of Charles Dowding this would be the next best thing to going on one of his courses – Cambridge to Devon is quite a trek! It would help us enormously to get the most out of our ‘productive’ vegetable plot!


  5. Lovely prize! Have put my name down for an allotment as theres no more room in my garden for fruit trees, so this book would come in really handy!


  6. I would love to win this as ive just been told I have to avoid gluten dairy and sugar in my diet so a veg book would be very helpful


  7. Need a veg book hoe, hoe, hoe!
    Veg will make me grow, grow,grow!
    If I had a veg grow book the seeds I would sow,
    Would bring me so much happiness that my cheeks would be aglow!!!


  8. I would love to win this (follow you). I am a chaotic, reluctant gardener and have so many disasters under my belt which make me lose confidence, not helped by the dog who digs life threatening craters on my veg plot!. Can’t decide if I love or hate gardening but so want to be more self-sufficient but I need my hand holding and it sounds like your veg journal would help.


  9. I’m already inspired by Mr Dowding’s reassuring words but always intrigued by any new methods he may have trialled. Don’t put me in your panama though as I have, rather serendipitously, just been pulled, like a rabbit, out of Flighty’s hat for a copy of this book. Happy squelching! (If ever there was a winter for not digging, this would be it.)


  10. Please include me! Ive converted half of my garden to vege plots and I’m a beginner and need any guidance going!!! Thank you 🙂


  11. Would love to win a copy of your book – sounds excellent. We are just waiting for our proposed veg patch to stop resembling a lake!


  12. I think I still have a good bit to learn, so please include me in the draw! As for the weather, my grass squishes when I walk on it… The rain is dreadful! I’m in Ireland, but have a friend in N.I. who would happily collect the book for me 🙂 Thanks! Dana


  13. Yes please. I’d love to win a copy of his book. I am such a huge fan of his system (although I don’t think I’ve ever actually managed to implement fully) and I’d love to read about it in more detail.


  14. Oh, lots of pooh, David, me not being a UK resident and stuff. To be honest, first of all, your new header is amazing. like everything you do, really beautiful. And second honest is I’m not really a productive gardener type of person.


  15. I planted my garlic 2 weeks ago and it’s up already, there’s not a moment to waste, the summer is just around the corner and we’ll be short of water. Put my name in your panama hat please, the book might give me some new ideas,even if it doesn’t increase the area of my garden.


  16. I was just thinking about planting my potatoes so I’d love to find out the correct way to do it. I’m delighted I can find my way into your hat without having to say something witty or make up the best catch phrase.


  17. I’m a keen ‘no dig’ advocate and month by month is the best way to follow a veg book, please toss me in your panama but I’ll let my SIL have the book, should I win as she’s just started an allotment and needs all the help she can get.


  18. Wet? Really? I hadn’t noticed. Much. Apart from when squelching on what should be grass, not bog. I am tempted to ask you to throw me in to your disreputable hat, but since I already have 2 of C.D.s excellent books, I will politely withdraw…


    • Only if you’re sure, Janet. I don’t think there is a legal maximum to the number of Mr Dowding’s books one is allowed to own. I have generally started to give books away because I struggle and break out into a sweat trying to squeeze yet another one into my bookshelves. D


  19. We constructed our first raised bed last year – and it’s still waiting to be filled! So this sounds like the perfect book to get us started. Please pop my name in your disreputable mowing Panama.


  20. I tried no dig on my last allotment, based on an article by Charles in Amateur Gardening magazine. Worked really well and would love this book to help me with my new allotment! Already follow the blog and look forward to the next post.


  21. I’m sorry it’s been so wet and dreary over there. I have a friend in Godalming (which I know isn’t all that close to you, but from here you look like neighbors) who’s had some mighty choice Words to say about the weather. Hope you get some better gardening days soon — or have a good stock of crumpets on standby.

    “Expert mulcher and weeder” sounds like a wonderful thing to put on a CV.


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