Your garden is twinned!

Ripple Effect
An Interview with Charles Dowding

Charles started growing vegetables in 1981, and just a year later, he started to explore no dig growing methods. His harvest results illustrate how vegetables are healthier when grown on no dig beds where the soil is left undisturbed and the surface fed with organic matter such as compost. Families working with Ripple Effect learn how to improve the quality of their land through making and using compost. This can increase their yields hugely and help the soil to absorb water which protects against drought.

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How to make a keyhole garden

Shaped like a keyhole from above, a Keyhole garden encompasses a circular raised bed with a central basket where compostable waste is placed along with used water from the kitchen. These gardens give fantastic results quickly and add nutritious vegetables to provide a balanced diet.

Make a keyhole garden
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How to make a bag garden

Bag gardens are a simple way to grow vegetables in small spaces, whether in Africa or in your garden! A hessian sack filled with a mixture of soil and compost around a central column of stones, bag gardens filter water to vegetables planted in the top and around the sides.

Meet Caroline

“Making compost has helped my hugely. I practice intercropping and crop rotation to improve soil fertility and health. Our crops are organic and healthy. I am now passing on what I know and training my neighbours in techniques such as how to make a keyhole garden. I am proud of the knowledge I have gained. Working with Ripple Effect has made me love myself and recognise what I can do to improve my living standards."

Caroline, Ripple Effect Farmer, Kenya

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