I have a really short and simple gardening tip for you this week. It's a simple switch I made a few years ago that has allowed me to increase the amount of food I grow without expanding the garden. Here it is:
Rather than planting my seeds in a single row with pathways in between, I scatter my seeds in a wide row (or "bed") about 2 feet wide.
Look at these two gardens to see what I mean:
Because the plants are "huddled" closely together like penguins, there are 3 benefits to this method:
~The vegetable leaves shade out the weeds.
~The shade provided by the plants also keeps the soil cool and moist.
~The close spacing of plants offers some wind protection.
Does that make sense? So simple, right?
Here's a picture of what this looks like in my garden:
The next (and final) blog post in the gardening series will be:
The KEY to understanding WHEN to plant your garden