For most of us, we don't have a lot of space for our organic vegetable garden. We need to conserve space and at the same time, we need that space to be more productive than conventional vegetable gardening and commercial agriculture.
Conventional vegetable gardening, with row cropping, takes up too much space and isn't that productive as gardening beds. Modern "Green Revolution" commercial agriculture requires high inputs, mines the soil, and isn't as productive as gardening beds.
Garden Beds are more productive, because they conserve space, water, and fertilizers inputs.
Onions, avg yield 380lbs/100 sq ft
I subscribe to a revolutionary method of growing vegetables in gardening beds called GROW BIOINTENSIVE © Ecology Action. GROW BIOINTENSIVE bed preparation is phenomenal, and is the method I've used for the last 25 years. They're also referred to as Lazy-Beds, because once they're prepared there's not that much work required afterwards. I first started using GROW BIOINTENSIVE in college, while I was gaining my Agriculture Business major. That was when organic gardening was considered on the edge, and I didn't get much support from my professors.
Large Scale Garden Beds
by University of California, Santa Cruz
For the sake of simplicity, I will refer to GROW BIOINTENSIVE beds as "gardening beds." I apologize up front if this in anyway depreciates this great method, but I find it simpler to explain. To get an in-depth education in GROW BIOINTENSIVE, I HIGHLY recommend investing in the book How to Grow More Vegetables, Eighth Edition: (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You ... (And Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains,) . This book will be the most important gardening book in your library.
Circular gardening beds
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A nice library source for Sustainable organic gardening and farming. Daniel Boone Regional Library
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