They are reducing their seed needs by 80-90
percent, and are working with the Fibonacci based cycle of growth to plant younger seedlings than traditional methods, and basically doubling their yields.
AKA More Space Planting, giving at least 20-30 cm (12”) in between plants.
It is like the plants can relax and grow to their full potential as individuals rather than being crammed in due to more is better thinking.
How many plants can I get into a bed...thinking close spacing, intensive planting with big inputs will increase yields, the classic French techniques... That is what I have been following, it seems so hard mentally not to!
There is one person online, Mark Fulford in Maine, who is trying this with row crops, pretty impressive results...
So exciting! Finding out how it works. For example, that part about transplanting at a much younger age due to incorporating the fibonacci based exponential growth patterns. Seeing the vastly increased root systems of the plants and just how much happier they all are.
Wondering if anyone else has been working with these ideas?
This direction of increasing yields to this degree, world wide, focussed on a small plot low income farmer, decreasing inputs, all based on an organic compost based system, not gm seed based miracle plant and petro based inputs, wow.
Wow, indeed, JW! Thanks for posting this. I'd read about 'SRI' years ago, it's amazing results in production (and profits) for Asian rice farmers... and the push back from the agricultural, industry & academic institutions who found it incredible, and said so quickly and loudly. Now I'm off to track down Mark Fulford (sp ?)... thanks again!!
It's time to get positive about negative thinking -Art Donnelly