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.
TEST YOUR VEGETABLE/VITAMIN KNOWLEDGE
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.)
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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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.