Beds approximately 20 feet long and 5 feet wide are made up by double-digging in large amounts of compost or aged manure, then adding bone meal and wood ash. Seeds are broadcast across the beds so that the plant leaves touch as they grow. This creates a mini-climate under the soil that helps hold moisture and reduce weed growth.
Reference: How to Grow More Vegetables Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons (Ten Speed Press, Berkeley, CA).
One- to two-foot-wide beds are planted between two ridges with two to three rows of vegetables planted in each bed. Organic material is dug into each of these beds with a spading fork. Advantages: the soil in the
beds stays moist longer, and the beds are protected from the winds by ridges in between,
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