Farming a New Way

I don’t believe in the row method of planting a crop. Maybe because I’m just not that linear, but I’m convinced at least here in California, that it’s more efficient to grow the biointensive method.Planting areas of plants fairly close together, planted in compost rich soil. Plus inserting in areas of perennials, artichokes, asparagus, rhubarb, strawberries and other berries. Flowers also insert themselves in my vegetable beds, I can’t control them, plus they’ve ended up being a fairly marketable product.

Areas reseed with multiple plants that I spread out and allow to grow where they and I deem fit. There are areas of “greens”, a potato bed, an artichoke area, under which potato’s keep coming back and sweet william bloom . A asparagus bed teeming with foxgloves and poppies. Tomatoes with crookneck squash on the end of that bed. Garlic with clary sage on the edges. Chard with nigella, roses and thyme plants. A long row of french beans.

In my other garden area I’ve tried to follow the row method. I have thirteen fairly well organized forty foot rows . Although the flowers are starting to find their way into the beds. Black eyed susans bloom all over the garden. Herbs are starting to edge some of the rows.I can just see the spots for roses on the ends of the beds.

I guess I’m hopelessly chaotic . But I can help to create this for others.

4 Replies to “Farming a New Way”

  1. You made a great statement a few posts back but the comments had been disabled so pardon me if I use this space to thank you.

    Your words, “how very multifaceted one needs to be to live a farm life” rang so true for me. I tell anyone with ears that I think our nation is overeducated and that we are incapable almost to survive. We have more theoretical knowledge and textbook intelligence than we should. But how many of us can start a fire to keep warm without matches or lighter fluid? It is a sad state of affairs but one we must soon claim.

    1. So true Drew,

      Thanks for looking over my blog. I’m honored !

      I think we’ve become a two dimensional culture with a limited focus. Maybe this was intentional, the more self absorbed we are the less we are a part of a community.
      The less we are willing to say anything when our neighbors are affected . Less than willing to work towards supporting each other and keeping our rural economies.

      How do we encourage three dimensional thinking, thinking outside the “box”, thinking about others, our children, their children, the earth, our neighbors.
      Farming is a great way to ” cultivate” this multifaceted thinking. Farm boys( or girls) who have grown up in a spatial reality constantly problem solving have been discouraged by our culture and especially our education system. Wasn’t America known for it’s creative, inventive thinking ? Is this what we are working on developing ?

      Thank you so much for your comment !

  2. Love your garden! Question about the purple onions….I never thought about growing those for spring onions. Are they sweet or hot?

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