People sometimes ask how we are able to grow so much food in such a small space. Well, there are many things that contribute to our “success” if you can call it that. Besides utilizing planting successions and proper management,one method used is “multi-level” plantings as shown in the photo. Here we have tomatoes that are grown in earthboxes and for the understory we sow lettuce. This helps shade the lettuce from the sun and also provides a living, “green mulch” for the tomato.
We also use this method extensively in our raised beds. For instance, our pepper, eggplant, cucumber and corn beds are undersown with mustards, arugula and other salad greens. So, in one bed we are able to harvest pepperand a green crop. We also plant closer than the recommend planting distance for plants. In nature plants aren’t planted in neat little rows or so many inches apart. So, how close do we plant the plants? Well, it’s more like trial and error…. Closer, closer, closer… whoops, too close!
On another subject, the ducks are starting to try out their vocal cords and attempt quacking, if you can call it that! It sounds more like a foghorn that’s been clogged, hopefully they’ll get the loveable “quack” sound down soon.
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