Let the planting season begin!
“Succession Intensive Square Foot Gardening” means planting as much as you can in the smallest of plots. Our motto here on the urban homestead is that “small is beautiful and productive.’ Even the smallest plot can provide one/two people with a supplement of herbs, vegetables and even fruit.
Succession: Planting one after another
Intensive: Planting types of plants that have compatibly rooting systems
Square foot gardening: Plants are spaced as close as possible but leaving ONLY enough room for each root to get nutrients without stealing for the next plant
Back in the the late 1980’s someone gave us a copy of How To Grow More Vegetables and we’ve been experimenting with intensive plantings ever since. I remember planting our huge garden in Florida (10 acres) as a kid and following the recommended spacing on back of the back of the seed packet.
Well that planting conformity is history! We threw the “recommended planting distance” out ages ago and are now growing in every square inch of ground (and slowly even taking up airspace) of our garden.
Think, er, grow outside the box. Do be afraid to experiment – this ain’t your grandparents garden. Learn new growing ways, be creative. Of course some ideas/experiments will fail and some will, hopefully, be successful. Start with little experiments and watch yourself and your garden grow. With the majority of us stuck here in the cities it’s time to redefine agriculture by growing food in every available square inch. With a little work and commitment your plot may even be more productive than one twice it’s size!
Any of you urban aggies out there keeping harvest yields per square foot?
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