THE ECOLOGICAL GARDEN BY THE METHOD OF GASPAR CABALLERO
Today in Gardenprue we are going to present Gaspar Caballero’s method, the system to work the land with little surface in a totally ecological way. With minimal maintenance it is able to achieve excellent yields and productions. What is the Parades method in Crestall? Let’s find out!
WHAT DOES PARADES MEAN IN CRESTALL?
Parada is a rectangle with defined measurements: 1.5 meters wide and 6 meters long. The length of the rectangle can vary (3.9, 12, etc.) but the width is standardized. Inside this stop everything is very well organized. The irrigation system, the bovedillas of cooked earth and the crops are arranged on it.
WHAT DOES CRESTALL MEAN?
Crestall is the compost cover that is available on the stop, with the particularity that it does not mix with the earth. In addition, the manipulation of the mantle is not allowed (stepped on, removed, etc.), and for this there are some techniques to help you to this end, such as the cooked earth vaults that you have surely wondered about their function.
GASPAR CABALLERO’S METHOD
The stop is organized as follows. Of that width of 1.5 meters, it is divided into 60 cm (space for cultivation) and we have 30 cm in the center where the vaults are arranged to support us and carry out the maintenance of the garden.
In addition, this method has the peculiarity that there are 4 cultivation spaces, which will be rotated in a complete cycle of 4 years that will have to be strictly adhered to.
One of the important things about the Parades method in Crestall is to maintain the crop rotation as follows:
Solanaceae (tomatoes, peppers, aubergines, potatoes, etc.) go alone at the stop. Umbelliferae (carrots, celery, celery-radish, etc.) can be grown with liliaceae (onions, leeks, garlic, etc.). Legumes (peas, broad beans, etc.) can be grown with crucifers (cabbages, radishes, turnips, etc.), and composites (lettuces, edívias, etc.) with chenopodiaceae (beets, chard, spinach, etc.) ) and cucurbits (cucumbers, zucchini, etc.)
The compost is made by conventional dung mixed with straw or plant residues. The granulometry should not be very fine or very coarse, if not average to allow oxygenation and drainage of water.
The irrigation technique of the Parades method in Crestall is very particular. It consists of an exuding tube distributed in a U-shape along the stop or rectangle. A separation distance from the U is established that will be 27 cm.
The conventional drip system with dripper spacing every 20 cm can also be used.
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These are the foundations of the Parades method in Crestall. If you have been interested and want to know everything about the method, Gaspar Caballero has highly recommended books on the market.
At Gardenprue we trust this method. Based on our knowledge, the techniques applied at Parades en Crestall (crop rotation, use of aromatic plants, compost, etc.) make excellent yields achieved without the use of any product to combat pests or diseases.