“The more you expand the horizons of your imagination, opening new territories and going beyond what you think is possible, the more you open the doorway to unlimited abundance.” – Sanaya Roman & Duane Packer
Imagine harvesting nearly half a ton of tasty, beautiful, organically grown veggies from a 5-by-5-meter food garden. Fifty kilograms of tomatoes from just 7 square meters, or ten kilograms of carrots from just 1.4 square meters.
Yields like these are easier to achieve than you may think. The secret to super-productive food gardening is taking the time now to plan strategies that will open the doorway to abundance. And I must stress the importance of doing it now. Getting your planning, bed preparation and first sowings done before mid-March is critical for a super-productive winter garden.
Here are 7 high-yield strategies to expand your horizons and go beyond what you think are possible:
- Use proven organic gardening principles. Better yet, use a proven system like the Go Food Gardening system. To discover how to set-up and manage a high-yield food garden, enrol in the Grow Bigger and Better Backyard Crops 1-Day Workshop or Home-Study Course.
- Build your soil. A deep, organically rich soil, teeming with soil life encourages healthy crops that are super-productive. But please, do your soil building scientifically, not haphazardly.
- Use non-permanent raised beds. Raised beds as used in the Go Food Gardening system yield up to four times more than the same amount of space planted in rows. They save time too. In one experiment it only took 27 hours over the course of spring and summer to cultivate a 10-by-10-meter garden. The yield was 855kg – that’s a year’s supply of food for three people from about 3 total days of work!
- Space smartly. Pay attention to how you arrange the plants to make the most of your space. There’s an optimum spacing for each crop. Avoid overly tight spacing which can stress plants making them more susceptible to diseases and insect attack.
- Go vertical. No matter how small your garden, you can grow more by going vertical.
- Succeed with successions. This allows you to grow more than one crop in any given space over the course of a growing season. Plan your successions sowings in weeks rather than days. Systematically determine your start and end dates and the best intervals for your garden.
- Stretch your season. Adding a week or two at the beginning and end of the growing season can buy you enough time to grow yet another succession crop, or to harvest more end-of-the-season crops.
Which of the above strategies can you add to your growing repertoire?