Summing up the Grow Biointensive method
Other aspects of
Jeavons' Grow Biointensive system are less unique. Grow
More Vegetables sums
up the method with seven techniques:
Of the techniques I haven't
discussed in earlier posts, the one I'm most on the fence about is
double-digging (which is followed by loosening up the soil between
crops with broad forks, aka U-bars). Our oldest garden plot is
ready to go into its seventh growing season since the ground was last
dug into, and the plants there seem to do better every year, so I can't
say that loosening the soil is really essential. On the other
hand, I'm very careful to keep foot traffic on the aisles, and I can
see from Grow
that Grow Biontensive's wider beds are often impacted by human traffic
--- for example, the author actually pictures a board you're supposed
to sit or stand on atop the bed while loosening the soil or
planting. If you regularly put human weight on your garden soil,
you probably do need to fluff it up from time to time.
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