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Tips for Growing More Organic Food in a Small Space

Posted December 9th, 2016 by Robin Nichols in ,

Organic gardens come in all shapes and sizes. Some people may tend them as a hobby, while others may use the fruits and vegetables to help feed their families. Furthermore, we all have different sizes of organic gardens. Therefore, if you want to maximize your yields, regardless of your garden size, here are some tips to accomplish that.

Grow Crops in Beds Not Rows

The traditional method of planting is in rows. We only need to jump in the car and take a ride through the countryside to be reminded of this. The reality is that planting an organic garden in rows can be very constricting. For one, it takes up a great deal of precious space that may not be found in the average back yard or community garden. Time can also be a drawback to row gardening because you tend to use the same soil. In turn, that soil needs to be analyzed every season to ensure it contains the right nutrients.

If you don’t have a lot of space available, square foot gardening is an excellent alternative. By building raised boxes, you can control soil conditions much better when compared to row gardening. This type of gardening is also ideal for people with neck and back troubles. Furthermore, raised beds drain and eliminate standing water better than traditional row gardens.

Use Succession Planting

Succession planting is a culmination of several methods to increase crop availability during a growing season by making efficient use of space and timing. Succession planting seeks to accomplish 4 things:

  • Make efficient use of space
  • Maintain a continuous supply of food
  • Lengthen the harvest window
  • Optimize quality and yield

Start by planting varieties of crops that are adapted to mature in cooler temperatures. Then plant warm weather crops that will mature later in the year. You could also plant varieties of the same crop that have different days to maturity. This can really help your garden because non-competing crops often have different maturity dates.

Grow Crops in the Front Yard

Utilizing the front yard to expand your organic garden can create a larger food supply. You may feel like a bit of a rebel but there are some benefits. Growing crops in the front yard can help keep pests away. For example, deer are less likely to visit a garden located in the front yard as compared to the back yard where there is more natural cover and it is quieter.

Grow Microgreens

A microgreen is a tiny vegetable that is used as a visual and flavor component or ingredient in a meal. Chefs use microgreens to enhance the beauty, taste and freshness of their dishes with their delicate textures and distinctive flavors. There are many benefits to incorporate microgreens into your garden. First, microgreens can thrive in a variety of spaces, from large box planters to small containers on the windowsill. Microgreens are also very easy to grow; they don’t require the most experienced of green thumbs.

Background information for this article was provided by MCG BioMarkers.

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