A great article exploring the two most popular types of types intensive gardening techniques and some of the considerations for each. http://www.motherearthnews.com/organic-gardening/intensive-gardening-zm0z14fmzsto.aspx#axzz2x5YLENdv Also check out the following groups on Peak Prosperity the discuss intensive gardening techniques. Agriculture & Permaculture: http://www.peakprosperity.com/group/agriculture-permaculture Biointensive Gardening: https://www.peakprosperity.com/group/biointensive-gardening
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A simple chart for planning your next square foot garden
Tuesday, May 7, 2013, 4:18 PM
A nice simple visual chart for helping plan your next square foot garden bed and determine how many plants in each square you can fit.
What Should I Do?Soil in 3" Pots
With spring upon us and the warming of the earth, many readers are getting the urge and itch to get outside and start planting a garden. Whether your garden is large enough to feed a community or just big enough to supplement your everyday fresh greens addiction, at some point you will need a supply of potting soil. From container herb gardens to the square-foot garden method, potting soil will need to be on hand. High-quality potting soil is an essential component to a successful garden season because it provides the foundational medium in which your plants will start and continue to grow in. In this article I discuss the process and recipe that I have used for many years for making great potting soil. I hope to provide you with ideas on how to make the best mix for your garden and ways to save money in the future.
The following is an excellent general seed starting mix and transplant mix. For plants that might require a lighter mix, use a 2-1-1 ratio of the following ingredients.
Mix the following ingredients together in a sealable bag or container to maintain moisture if potting mix is to be stored for any length of time.
- 3 parts Peat Moss
- 1 part Compost (can be a combo of compost and worm castings if you have a worm bin available)
- 1 part Perlite
One way to improve resiliency as well as quality of life is to grow your own vegetables locally. However, gardeners in northern climates are especially challenged by limited growing seasons. In this brief article I will show examples of how to easily extend and preserve the harvest and have fun doing it.
Why Extend Your Harvest?
Presently we can drive to the supermarket to get nearly anything we want even in winter. The fresh fruits and vegetables we see have often been grown thousands of miles away in a tropical climate and flown in using a lot of energy may not be so cheap or plentiful in the future. As well as potentially reducing dependence on energy, extending the harvest of your own foods has advantages including:
- Less work and simpler than preserving by canning or freezing
- Fresher, higher quality than canned
- Less expensive than supermarket
- Increased resiliency with the option to of a local food source
- Controlling your own food sources is more pleasurable and rewarding
My transition began in the fall of 2008 during the financial crisis. I had watched the Crash Course earlier in the summer, and as the crisis unfolded, I began to take the initial steps, or Step Zero, as has been mentioned on the site before.
How I Got Here
In 2008, I was living in a condo in a city of about 50,000. I began to wonder whether living in a condo was the way to go, or to find a house and/or land. I knew the housing market was horrible and that it would get worse. Ultimately, I decided my best bet was to buy a house with land in a small town. The key was getting to that point.