I saw this video on Youtube where a guy put 6000 seeds of various vegetables in a small bed, and checked what happens:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFXFo1ERmVs He got some good results with some vegetables like bok choys, but not so good with carrots. But most importantly, it seems like this strategy shut down the weeds.
This intrigues me. I don't like and don't have much time for weeding. I have a lot of space, so I don't need to maximize yields. Mulch is great with transplants, but more tricky with seeded plants.
Does anyone have experience with a more calculated version of that? Seeding things so densely you can't see soil and still getting good results? What plants would go well together? Peas and lettuce?
While it is a system that I have seen big farms use to grow corn it appears that it works for home gardens too.
The following outline of the methods approximates the descriptions found in the popular biointensive handbook, How to Grow More Vegetables (and fruits, nuts, berries, grains and other crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine, by John Jeavons
I did not watch the video yet, but I frequently get overwhelmed by stuff in the summer. I still plant a garden and I take steps to minimize weeds but I don’t really do any weeding once things get planted. I still get food. And that is my objective. I like that I get food—lots—with minimal effort. Maybe I would get more if I weeded more but I still get a good harvest nonetheless. And if I have to do a lot of work to get a little more food I have to wonder if it is worth the effort and energy.
My 2 cents,
Some places need to be wild
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