My friend Mac Pike found an extraordinary method of increasing his vegetable production this year, and simply couldn't keep the news to himself. Good thing, because it sounds fantastic. Read a bit about it here and I encourage you all to pop on over to his about me page over at Helium where you can find loads more good advice and some rather interesting articles on topics as diverse as dinosaurs, WWI Battleships and silly poetry.
Special seeding techniques for an ultra productive vegetable garden by Mac Pike
There is nothing new under the sun:
This ancient maxim is particularly true when applied to the home vegetable garden, unless of course one considers the recent practice of growing tomatoes upside down. However, there are a few tricks that are rarely used that can make the gardening process easier and more productive. The goal is to plant in such a way as to guarantee optimal plant spacing and thus get the most out of the space available while eliminating the process of thinning seedlings and almost all weeding.
These techniques are most useful when used for directly seeded plant crops in a relatively small plot. Beets, turnips, kohlrabi, carrots, corn, Swiss chard and bush beans are crops that can all benefit from these planting tips.
You will need:
A: The seeds you intend to plant along with their packets, the packets contain useful planting instructions.
B. Shovel, rake and trowel.
C. An ample supply of compost that has been made by the fast or “hot” method.
D. A screen for sifting some of the compost.
E. Several bags of inexpensive potting soil, preferably without fertilizers added.
Prepare the ground:
Turn the soil as deep as practical with the spade, working in large amounts of unscreened compost and any nutrients like blood meal or greensand that may be desired. Avoid harsh chemical fertilizers that drive away or kill earthworms, those all important gardening allies. Smooth the soil with the rake.....read more