4 SYSTEMS TO GET THE MOST OUT OF YOUR GARDEN AT HOME
When it comes to setting up a garden at home , apart from some tips and techniques that we have mentioned in other posts, we also have different ways of growing our vegetables or fruits at our choice. This post is dedicated to 4 different ways of setting up a garden and the explanation of each one. Do you know these 4 methods?
THE VARIETY OF HOME GARDEN MODELS
If we start for the first time in this world of home growing we have two options, improvise (agronomists love to try new things) or follow the recommendations of the great authors of organic crops to the letter . At the beginning, setting up a small garden will be enough to collect a good initial production and gain experience. There are many methods, we are going to comment 4. What are they?
1.- THE CULTIVATION TABLES
This method of growing at home is designed for families who do not have a land to cultivate and growing in pots is short or not directly interested. It consists of acquiring a table in which substrate is added and of course the plants that you are going to grow. It has its advantages and its disadvantages. The good thing is that you have it on the balcony or terrace and therefore its maintenance is constant and very frequent (daily), and you can avoid complications such as mounting the irrigation system and watering directly with a watering can. On the contrary, it is not for a “mass” cultivation and there will not be much production. However, it may be enough for a family.
2.- CRESTALL STOPS
This great system for the home garden already enjoys its particular entrance in Gardenprue , and it was not going to be less. It is characterized by its simplicity and in fact, it is a method widely practiced in school gardens, where with little methodology large productions are obtained. It is characterized by being a method where rigorousness is rewarded (spacious stops, amount of compost , type of irrigation) so they are useful for inexperienced users who want to start setting up a garden at home .
3.- RAISED BEDS
On the ground, elevated terraces of a width of 1 meter and variable length are added, with the loose and worked earth, fertilized with compost or manure and covered with straw. This method has been developed (but not created) by John Seymour in his book, The Self-Sufficient Horticulturist. The irrigation system for this low-maintenance home gardening method is drip. The land where the plant develops is not worked during the growth of the crop. In this way compaction problems are avoided. Straw conserves soil moisture, reduces water evaporation and the growth of weeds. On the other hand, if the straw contains a cereal grain, the orchard can become an undesirable cereal production, also that straw creates a totally comfortable habitat for the fauna (snails, slugs) that eat the leaves of our crops. . Of course, given its importance, we have already dedicated an entry to it. Check out our article on the raised garden !
4.- VEGETABLE GARDEN IN FURROWS
This system is the most used in Spain, and not because it is the one that offers the best performance, but because of the lack of knowledge of the rest. The row garden method consists, as the phrase mentions, in creating raised rows of soil where the plants will develop. The height of these mounds are about 30 cm and of desirable width. The irrigation system is variable, although it is best to automate it with a drip or sprinkler irrigation system, instead of doing it by hand.