John and Jerrie do biointensive gardening in most of our garden. We us the book HOW TO GROW MORE
VEGETABLES( AND FRUITS, NUTS, BERRIES, GRAINS, AND OTHER CROPS) THAN YOU EVER THOUGHT POSSIBLE ON LESS LAND THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE.
BY JOHN JEAVONS.
tells you about the bio-intensive way that you can produce more food for you or your family.
The biointensive method of gardening is how you can get high yields in very small
You may plant this garden in a place
where you have little space or in the country. We have a heavy clay soil. Heavy soils can be improved by adding soil supplements
in the space whee you add a seed or a plant; adding manure or sand to the soil.
IMPORTANT ASPECTS OF THE biointensive garden method are :
DOUBLE-DUG, RAISED BEDS
The gardener digs 12 inches down and then loosens the soil to a dept of 24 inches. This loose
soil enables plant roots to penetrate easily, allows more air in the soil.
higher yields offered by intensive planting would not be sustainable without a way of maintaining the health and vigor of
the soil. We use kitchen waste, gardening trimmings and other forms of organic matter, when properly composted; it provides
the elements necessary to maintain the biological cycles of life that exist in the home garden.
Research has shown that many plants grow better when near certain other plants.
Green beans and strawberries, for instance, thrive when they are grown together. Some plants are useful in repelling pests,
while others attract benefical insect life.
OPEN-POLLINATED AND HEIRLOOM SEEDS
With the BIOINTENSIVE techniques yields can be obtained with normal
open-pollinated seeds which have been selected over the decades and centuries because of their beneficial characteristics.
In this way a wonderful variety can be grown while the world's genetic diversity is preserved.