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A couple of days ago I talked about my recent run-in with the flu.
(Thanks by the way for the emails and the comments – I’m feeling much better, just still have some weight to gain back and some bags under my eyes to get rid of).
Back to talking about gardening in today’s video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)…
I had so much going on in my life over the last year that I didn’t devote much time to my garden.
And that means this winter, I have hardly any truly nutritious food to eat.
And THAT is one of the main reasons why I caught a nasty flu a couple of weeks ago – my first flu in at least 10 years.
I explain more in this video (or feel free to scroll down to the article, if you prefer reading)…
My elderberry flowering white over my left shoulder.
It’s pretty tricky to make a list of low maintenance plants when your readers live all around the world.
But I wanted to have a go at it anyway because it’s winter and I miss my garden!
Companion planting means placing plants together that grow well together (and may even help each other out), while avoiding placing plants together where one inhibits the other.
The companion planting charts you can find online and books shouldn’t be treated as hard science, but can be very worthwhile as a starting point when you’re trying to figure out how to lay out your beds.
Biointensive gardening advocates for intensive planting.
When you position your plants close together, you can grow more food in a smaller area.
Plus, the plants will blanket the soil, decreasing weed growth, erosion, and soil evaporation.
If you’re trying to grow most of your own calories, it makes sense to grow calorie-dense food, which especially points to root crops such as potatoes and parsnips.
When growing biointensively, 30% of the land is often allocated for this.
With 60% of land going to ‘carbon’ and 30% going to ‘calorie’ crops, that leaves just 10% for vegetables.
Many of us get our compost materials from elsewhere, perhaps the garden center or a local farmer.
And that’s okay. Most of us are gardening on the side, doing other work that enables us to purchase these inputs, thus helping out the person we’re buying them from.
If a garden store or farmer is selling or giving away straw or manure, you’re helping them out my buying or taking it, so I have no problem with this.
But if we want to be truly self sustainable, we should be growing our own compost materials.