Widerow gardening

Wide-row planting is planting in extra-wide rows of up to three or more feet Vegetable seeds are then broadcast across the rows.

Reference: The Joy of Gardening by Dick Raymond

(Storey Publishing, Pownal, VT).

Which method for you? That depends on your gardening conditions. But if your time and space are limited, consider either small-space intensive or wide-row gardening. If you are interested primarily in organic gardening, and want to try a more productive method, consider either the raised-bed or depressed-bed method. If you live in an apartment or townhouse with a patio, try container vegetable gardening. There are, of course, many other methods besides these—one of the great joys of gardening, as you become more experienced, will be to experiment with the many methods and to decide for yourself which best suit your needs or goals.

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Think you know which vegetable is the ,best' for you? Spinach, right? Mot necessarily; take this quick quiz and you may be surprised. (Answers at end of chapter.)

  1. What yellow garden vegetable grown from seed, has the lowest amount of sodium?
  2. Guess which leafy vegetable has the highest calcium content
  3. This one vegetable was found to be highest in both Vitamin A and C; can you guess which it is?
  4. This one's easy. The vegetable with the lowest number of calories is_?
  5. The seeds of which two vegetables have the highest amount of iron?
  6. This delicious seed is highest in fiber and fat content Can you name it?

Surprisingly, even a small garden is worth quite a bit. A few years ago several national garden organizations worked out the production from a 'small' conventional 25 x 15 foot backyard plot At that time the total amount saved came to $480.60 at 1984 prices. Today that same garden is worth $545.79 and going up.

The costs were basically as follows: fertilizer and insecticide, $28.00; nursery transplants, $29.00; seedlings $26.30; for a total of $83.30. (See Figure 102.)

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Essential Guide to Organic Gardening

Essential Guide to Organic Gardening

By gardening organically, the dependence on chemicals is removed. By eliminating chemicals used in regular gardening, your vegetables will be healthier because they will get the nutrients by natural means. Unlike traditional gardening; organic gardening will help to prevent potentially harmful toxins from entering your body. Lastly, it is much more environmentally friendly.

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