Gardening methods for a small space
Square Foot Gardening – Material for building a 4′x4′ garden costs $84.95 (Apr 09) when ordered from Mel’s web page. Compared to a row garden, Mel claims his method uses 20% of the space, 10% of the water, 5% of the seeds and 2% of the work. The initial material expense is offset by very little cost in subsequent years, when that is needed is a little homemade compost in each square. No power equipment is needed. Watch Mel tell his story (3 min, 19 sec).
Container gardening can be done almost anywhere, in the city on rooftops, suburbs or on the farm and without power equipment. No power tools required.
Using inexpensive 5 gallon buckets to make alternatives to the Earthbox:
Earth Boxes: Instructions
Gardening in the city
Local food production becomes more important as the economy and the value of the dollar declines. Small family gardens grown with non-hybrid seeds and homemade compost can supplement food supply lines interrupted by unemployment, high fuel costs and civil unrest. The Victory Gardens of WWII need to be planted again now.
An Urban Homestead – The Path to Freedom
Native American techniques
Corn provides a natural pole for bean vines to climb. Beans fix nitrogen on their roots, improving the overall fertility of the plot by providing nitrogen to the following years’ corn. Corn, beans and squash also complement each other nutritionally. Corn provides carbohydrates, the dried beans are rich in protein, balancing the lack of necessary amino acids found in corn.