Your garden already produces so much however, if you look at it through fresh eyes, you’ll be able to see how it can work for you. With just a little extra time, and very little money, you can double the production of your vegetable patch, your fruit trees and your blooms, making your garden double the fun!
Making your own compost will easily double the production of your crops. With raised beds no longer do you have to worry about forking of the parsnips or club foot in the carrots? Your new soil will be rich in nutrients and suitable for any crop ensuring your waste is kept to a minimum and only the leaves and peelings are fit for your compost heap.
Whether you choose the hot method – quite simply starting with a heap of compostable material and letting the heat of the
layers rot it quickly whilst turning a few times, or the cold compost where you add you organic kitchen waste gradually and take the rotted material from the bottom, each one will enrich the soil and feed your plants and vegetables, making them very happy growers indeed.
Successive planting can also double the production, if you start off many vegetables and even tomatoes in the autumn in
a greenhouse; you can have an all year round harvest. Successive planting of lettuce, leeks, parsnips, almost anything you’d like to see on the dinner table, will ensure you reap the rewards as others are only just getting started.
Even sowing direct is easy. Just before the frost try sowing broad beans. Although they recommend sowing in March or April, you’ll be delighted with the results, as they know just when to wake from their winter slumber, and as they poke through the soil in early spring they’ll give you the natural indication of the weather trends and what to plant next.
The Permaculture garden is becoming very popular now, with keyhole gardening becoming an increasing trend, this uses the method of planting fruit vegetables and herbs together for ease of access, ensuring you only plant what you need and you make the most of the space you have. With sustainable methods a popular tip used by permaculture gardeners is to use cardboard or black print newspaper to prepare the beds, and then plant through them to detract weeds, and as it rots it also forms its own nutrients for the soil.
For decoration cover with woodchips or hay, and then plant strawberries with tomatoes, or marigold with carrots. Marigolds have marvellous bug deterring properties and add color to any design.
The trick is to plant the crops that need the most care closest to your door, such as herbs and salad crops, then the further away you travel, plant those that need little care such as the broad beans or potatoes. This method also works well with bringing the garden into the kitchen, as you’ll find you eat much more salad and use more herbs when the accessibility is eased, whereas a potato being a staple food will not be ignored even if you have to walk a few meters to get it!
About the Author:
Humble Seed welcomes guest posts. “This post was written by Sam at Lavenderworld. Lavenderworld was launched last year and provides a wide range of products that are naturally beautiful from skincare to all kinds of plants and much, much more!”