Giveaway: Veg Journal, by Charles Dowding

Win a copy of this beautiful veg-growing book and journal by expert Charles Dowding.

This is such a lovely, lovely gardening book. And we’re offering one lucky F&F reader a copy. Charles Dowding’s Veg Journal, just published by Frances Lincoln, is a mixture between a journal for you to record your sowings, harvests, successes and failures, calendar of monthly jobs and practical manual to a productive no-dig vegetable garden.

Veg Journal jacket

Charles Dowding's veg journal

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F&F readers will know that a book written by Charles is well worth paying attention to. We profiled his amazing no-dig plot in 2011. Here’s a quick peek:

There are pages for you to write your own records:

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And charts and practical guides:

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To get your own copy, you just need to comment below telling us one new veg you hope to grow this year. Entries close at midnight 30 January, and we’ll pick the names using a random number generator.

89 Responses

  1. Paul Witney

    I would like to try some yellow and purple carrots, striped and yellow beetroot and purple French beans – just to keep the kids amused

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  2. Maureen D'Arcy

    I’ve just got an allotment so I’m hoping to try my hand a growing lots of vegetables this year – potatoes, carrots and onions would be a good start!

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  3. Louise M

    I have tried and failed to grow pumpkins for the last 2 years and I love a challenge. I’m giving it another go :D

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  4. Phil Darling

    I’m going to try to grow chillies this year – we eat so many of them

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  5. Paul Ellams

    I’m going to try cucamelons, No idea what they are or what they grow like but they look cool on the packet. Like tiny little melons.

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  6. Helen C

    I’m going to try purple sprouting broccoli this year. Tried it before but the slugs got it before it had a chance!

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  7. Lisa Parker

    I will be trying to grow Butternut squash as its a lovely versatile vegetable.

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  8. Vicky

    I’d love to grow some round courgettes – I bet they taste amazing stuffed and straight from the garden!

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  9. Jo Carroll

    Seriously hoping grow some different varieties of chilli’s and try to make some lovely chocolate with them in for next Christmas. Have you seen the price of Chilli flavoured chocolate lately?…it’s mad – but they taste divine!

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  10. Saran Benjamin

    I like to try a new one every year along with all the others I grow, so this year I am going to try Brussel Sprouts

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  11. Fiona Mallard

    I’m going to try melons this year. Even if I don’t get anything from them, the plants smell amazing!

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  12. kellyjo walters

    I grow loads of veg and salad .. this year im going to try purple sprouting broccoli

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  13. Karen

    I have never had any success with carrots. They just fail to show, so this year, I am determined to get at least one!

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  14. Chris Street

    Our first year with a garden having moved out of the city & into the countryside so hoping to eat our first ever home grown veg s year. Carrots for us and the rabbit are on the list :-)

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  15. jodie harvey

    love to try growing a pumpkin again this year, last years was….well…. let just say it didnt quite go to plan lol, was certainly scary enough for Halloween anyway lol

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  16. barbara shaw

    I’m going to try cauliflower – I love cauliflower and of course homemade Cauliflower Chesse

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  17. barbara steer

    a new type of poatoe normally we grow charlotte but this year we are trying annya

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  18. Holly boyd

    Really want to try carrots again. My previous try ended up really small and short – cute but couldn’t really make a meal out of them

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  19. Steve Lee

    I’m planning on growing tall Peas this year (Champion of England). Arrived in the post today!!

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  20. Sam Furniss

    Long Navet Blanc. They’re a root vegetable which looks like a white carrot but is actually a turnip, they’re delicous in casseroles because the absorb all the flavour of the juice and don’t disintegrate. I bought some seeds when I was in France last year, I can wait to see if they take.

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  21. Sam Furniss

    Long Navet Blanc. They’re a root vegetable which looks like a white carrot but is actually a turnip, they’re delicous in casseroles because the absorb all the flavour of the juice and don’t disintegrate. I bought some seeds when I was in France last year, I can’t wait to see if they take.

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  22. Sacha-Marie Titherly

    I really want to grow a successful batch of runners this year – last year we bought a puppy and he kept bringing lots of sticks in from the garden… it wasn’t until I went out to look that I realised where he’d got them from, they were holding up my beans!!

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