you have only a small space to grow
vegetables, try planting closer together.
Garden, Pontoise, 1879 by Camille Pissarro
Forget rows of
seeds or plants with traditional
distances between them. Just plant the recommended distance apart
With intensive spacing,
there is more efficient use of space and
water. This method can allow you to shrink your garden up to 40 percent
without losing planting room.
plantings crowd out weeds and no
new weed seeds are turned up, because there is no roto-tilling.
density, intensive plantings need more fertilizer.
I recommend making
intensity beds only as wide as can be reached into from each side.
areas are only about three feet wide.
planting areas soil because weight
compacts and degrades soil structure.
If the garden bed is never walked
on, it can be planted edge to edge.
To save more space, design paths
the beds wide enough for a wheelbarrow at one side only. You can use
as a ground cover in the between-bed paths. Then, keep the grass mowed
or clipped close with a weed eater. Grass paths are easy to navigate,
the growing and maintenance efficiency of the garden.
worthy as well as the food value
of certain vegetables in an intensive home garden. Red cabbage,
chard, leaf lettuce and compact tomatoes are decorative as well as
plants. You could plant vegetables in some flower beds and borders.
the watering schedule for the food crops will be adequate for the
shrubs, this works.
and water to the garden beds only.
Do not waste any on the grassy paths. Intensive patterns include
carrots in 1-inch by 1-inch spaces and growing tomatoes in 3-foot by
spaces. Growing vegetables and flowers together is also efficient.
garden tends to be much healthier and encourages beneficial insects to
move in and help with the pest control.
that opens up as the season progresses.
Not only does this increase yield, but it also leaves no room for weeds
to take hold. Plant rows of summer lettuce in the shade of larger
Plant your fall and winter garden between the summer garden plants as
finish up. For example, plant bush beans in place of the carrots we
up in June. Or sow some seed for Oriental greens in the place of those
bush peas that get starchy. I advise intensive gardeners to mulch areas
that are harvested out and not planted right away. This feeds the soil
and starves the weeds.
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