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Intensive But Lazy Organic Gardening

May 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Gardening News

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The other day I was looking for some information on organic gardening and was trawling through one of the large article directories when I came across an article by Dr John Yeoman PhD. In “Intensive Organic Gardening – A Lazy Way to Grow More in Your Garden” he describes an easy idea to increase greatly the planting size of your organic garden. Starting by building a pile four feet wide by five feet long and four feet high using any woody, organic material. “Twigs, little branches, ancient logs, sunchoke stems, raspberry canes, sawdust, the roots of shrubs… ¬†whatever you have to hand” is what he suggests. Cover with soil and you will end up with what he calls a “Wayland’s Smithy” which is actually an ancient Bronze Age burial mound. The idea, of course, is that by building a mound you ¬†have a far greater growing area than the original flat ground. You can read the complete article here, and you will see that the link at the end takes you to his website gardeningguild.org where you can download a free ebook with more of his unconventional ideas. I don’t how it’s taken me so long to discover this intriguing site.

Oh and don’t miss his Tip of the Day: “To get rid of perennial weeds such as horsetail, thistles, bindweed, etc, without chemicals, sow turnip seed – very thickly. You won’t get any edible turnips but the root secretions kill almost all deep-seated weeds. By the third season, your soil should be clear. Amazingly, it works! ”

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