6 Ways to Increase Food Production in Your Organic Vegetable Garden
Here are six basic steps that can be applied to any garden – big or small, old or brand new – to improve the beauty and increase the productivity of your space.
So you have a gorgeous, lush vegetable garden but you’re looking for a way to make it more productive. Or maybe your garden isn’t everything you’d imagined – it’s just not producing much, the plants are scraggly, and you need some help brightening it up.
1. Prepare Your Soil Using a No-Till Method
It’s a harsh fact that machines are destroying our soil! When we mechanically till our gardens, our soil’s complex structure gets broken up into tiny particles. Air pockets created by earthworms and arthropods diminish. Colonies of beneficial bacteria and strands of fungal hyphae break apart. When these tiny pieces all settle, they become extremely compacted, leading to poor drainage – the totally opposite effect we hoped tilling would have!
There’s a common misconception that we must till our soil every spring to aerate, so “roots can breathe” and “water can drain more efficiently,” but the fact is: Tilling does NOT accomplish this. There are many other ways you can prepare your gardens that are not only healthier for the soil, but also require much less money and equipment – the most recomended method is Double Digging.