As a beginner gardener, planning your first growing space can be both exciting and a little confusing. Those unfamiliar with growing plants may not know what to expect. Depending on the harvest, the size and space requirements for growing vegetables can vary widely. And for newbies who grow up in small urban construction sites or limited spaces, the process can be even more demanding.
But alas, there is hope! With the knowledge of the intensive design of the French garden and a little thought, most of them can enjoy an abundant harvest during the growing season with little space.
Tips for French intensive gardening
Rare gardens or commercial farms are rarely at a loss for available land. However, the same cannot be said for the home gardener. While most seed packets recommend planting in single rows and with very generous spacing, this is often not a viable option. French intensive gardening, however, allows us to cultivate a lush green space even with backyard limitations. This particular gardening method is one that I use in my garden for this very reason.
As the name suggests, this type of gardening offers gardeners like me the luxury of growing plants at a very close distance. Just like square foot gardening, growing multiple plants will allow higher yields in much smaller spaces. The key to doing this successfully is directly related to the preparation of the soil and garden beds before the start of the growing season.
While it is possible to plant intensively in small containers, and I do it too, the best results are obtained from the construction of raised garden beds or raised beds. The French intensive method works because of the quality of the soil. The soil worked in-depth, usually at a depth of at least 61 cm, allows the roots to grow easily and penetrate into the dense combination of soil and garden soil nutrients.
When planning this garden arrangement, make sure that the increasing width of the bed is carefully planned. You should be able to easily harvest crops without the need to get into the bed itself where the soil could be compacted. Careful care of this type of garden will minimize the need to work or work the land even in subsequent growing seasons. Since the soil will not be disturbed, this gardening technique can help maintain better soil structure, soil health and reduce the amount of weeding needed.
The French intensive gardening method also helps diversify the space, as it frequently uses additional gardening techniques such as transplanting and accompanying planting. The use of these strategies will contribute to contributing to the overall good health of the garden and to the creation of a small ecosystem that will certainly be appreciated by both the gardener and beneficial insects.