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Weed'em & Reap meeting notes plus wide row plantings

Posted Thursday, February 26, 2009, at 9:30 PM

Richard's wide rows starting out
Meetings notes from last Saturday can be found on the Weed'em & Reap page http://www.mybedfordcounty.com/Weedemand...

Richard wrote in to discuss the benefits of wide row plantings in the garden.

"I've been using this technique for years with my Broccoli, Cabbage, Lettuce, Spinach, Greens and Onions. I started using the technique back in the mid 80's and it has been beneficial in saving space for one thing in a small garden space."

"I just wanted to pass this along to you in case you might find it useful". He has a nice looking garden and I posted some of his photos on the W&R page. Go check them out.

He also sent a description of the plants and layout. I will post them for another blog.

I use wide rows for carrots, beets and Chinese cabbage. How about anyone else? What plants do you like to do this with?

Anyone want to explain more about wide row plantings for those of us who are new to the concept? Any other benefits beside getting more in a smaller space? (that benefit is enough, but....)


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Steve, Glad to see you posted my info in a blog. I can give some more info on the wide row gardening method. I have 3 books that I've used for over 20 yrs now as references for gardening. Garden Way's Joy of Gardening by Dick Raymond, Crockett's Victory Garden, and The New Victory Garden by Bob Thomson, all of which can be found and purchased on Ebay. I have planted other crops in wide rows successfully, such as English Peas, and Snow Peas. Never really cared for Beets so I don't plant them.

I plant multiple vegetables in wide rows together, such as Radishes, Spinach, Leaf Lettuce. One additional benefit is the soil gets shaded quicker to lessen weeds and to hold in moisture. Another benefit is increased yield in less space.

I'd be happy to share more information on the subject of gardening and wide row planting.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 10:49 PM

Oh, one other thing is my garden spot is a bit confined due to the way my back yard lays. It has a bit of a slope in it and there is a natural drain across my backyard. The garden is roughly 30 x 50, so approximately 1500 sq ft..

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Thu, Feb 26, 2009, at 10:55 PM

...any chance of getting Richard to be the guest speaker at a Weed 'em and Reap meeting?

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 8:57 PM

...any chance of getting Richard to be the guest speaker at a Weed 'em and Reap meeting?

-- Posted by wildflower727 on Sat, Feb 28, 2009, at 8:57 PM

It might be possible for me to give a brief talk at one of your meetings.

-- Posted by rtdavis62 on Tue, Mar 3, 2009, at 11:29 AM

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Steve Mills and his wife have one daughter and live on a farm outside of Bell Buckle. They previously owned two coffee/ice cream shops, currently operate an internet sales company and teach classes, but his primary job involves the paper industry worldwide. Hobbies and interests lie in gardening, photography, recorded music and of course, their pets.
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