The Market Gardener: A Successful Grower’s Handbook for Small-Scale Organic Farming


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Garden Design for a Market Garden

Garden Design for a Market Garden

Soil Preparation

Soil Preparation

Compost

Compost

Garden Design

We’ve laid out the gardens so that all plots are equidistant from a multi-functional building that houses the washing, processing, and storage areas. This setup maximizes day-to-day productivity by minimizing onsite foot traffic.

Soil Preparation

Covering the soil with an opaque tarp for a few weeks is how we manage to clean the surface of our beds without having to work the soil. This technique is also quite beneficial in reducing weed pressure for the following crop.

Compost

To complete our compost needs, we make our own with crop residues and other available carbonaceous material. When building the pile, we inoculate it with “bokashi” type bacteria, which help to decompose the heap without us having to turn it.

planting seeds

planting seeds

Seedbed Preparation

Seedbed Preparation

Harvesting and Record Keeping

Harvesting and Record Keeping

Planting Seeds

To speed up the procedure when seeding flats, we use a homemade vacuum seeder, also known as a plate seeder. This simple yet brilliant device uses a vacuum to hold seeds onto a flat plate drilled with small holes to match the seed size and pattern of cells in a tray. You then flip over the plate onto a filled cell flat and shut the vacuum off, letting the seeds fall into place.

Seedbed Preparation

When cultivating with a hoe, it’s much easier to follow a straight line than a wandering one. This is why we mark our rows. We do so by fitting a few short lengths of interchangeable plastic tubes over the tines of our bed preparation rake. Our row spacing calculation is based on the width of the hoes we use and the optimal spacing for each crop.

Harvesting and Record Keeping

To prevent mistakes from happening again the following year, we record all our observations in a loose-leaf binder with a section for each crop. For each cultivar, we note the actual seeding, planting, and harvesting dates along with the yield produced. We also record the number of beds planted, which allows us to adjust our targets for the following year if necessary. At the bottom of each page, we leave a space to note any other useful observations

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Publisher ‏ : ‎ New Society Publishers; Illustrated edition (March 1, 2014)
Language ‏ : ‎ English
Paperback ‏ : ‎ 224 pages
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0865717656
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0865717657
Reading age ‏ : ‎ 16 years and up
Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.1 pounds
Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 8.5 x 0.45 x 8.5 inches

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