Proper use of spacing gives our gardens maximum efficiency. In a typical row garden, the individual crop rows are spaced 3’ apart so the farmer can walk between rows to pull weeds or harvest the crops. This works well in a commercial setting, as the goal is to produce a large amount of the same type of crop for sale. In a home garden, however, this method is not effective for two reasons:
1. Families don’t need to eat 50 heads of lettuce at the same time. We may eat a few, but we end up giving a lot away, a lot of it rots, and so forth.
2. A typical family does not have the space to plant in a standard row model.
Our method teaches you how to produce more varieties of food while using your space more efficiently.
2. We teach families to grow what they eat. This way there is less waste and more variety”. Our gardens look more like the picture on the left, rather than rows of one or two crops.
Planting what your family will actually eat is key. (If you don’t eat radishes, then don’t plant radishes!). You will also want to stagger the plantings. You will plant one box, then wait two weeks, then plant another, and after two more weeks, plant another box. This will stagger your harvests so your crops will mature at different times, which will give your family produce when you need it and can use it.
Your harvests could look like this:
1. Harvest first box.
2. After you have finished eating everything in the first box, you replant.
3. At that time, the second box is ready to harvest.
4. Once you have harvested and replanted, the 3rd box is ready to harvest.
5. This continues until by the 5th or 6th box the 1st box is ready to be harvested. This way you always have something to eat and you create a continual harvest! How cool is that?