Option A: How to Grow More Vegetables by John Jeavons
I've heard great things about this double-dig method, its mentioned in several gardening books I have like The Self-Sufficient Life and How to Live it by John Seymour and The Self-Sufficient Suburban Garden by Jeff Ball (learned about that book here!).
Plants here are planted very close together to get you more harvest for your space.
I loved this idea because its focus is on building up the soil, also due to the dense plantings you have high yields per foot and it seems there would be much less of a weed problem, but when I read about watering daily and I became concerned. Watering daily doesn't seem like an easy thing to do in potential TSHTF situation, even with water barrels. How much water can you store?
Option B: Gardening When it Counts by Steve Solomon
This book recommends you give your plants plenty of space so they don't have to compete for resources like water. He actually directly conflicts w/ what Jeavons said about being able to save like 70%-80% water by dense plantings! Help!
Option C: then there is the Back to Eden film which showcases this gentleman's extensive use of wood chips composted. LOTS of compost. And then more compost on top of compost. Sounds like that is all he uses. I know it takes time to make this kind of mulch, but I'm really looking at this...
Back to Eden
He discusses how well the mulch retains moisture and cuts down on weeds. And when I look at his garden, he has plants spread pretty far apart.
OK everybody, I would LOVE to discuss these gardening ideas! Do any of you have practical experience in any of these three areas? I'm all for the building up the soil aspect of the extensive composting/mulching in Back to Eden, sounds like its really low maintenance which I'm totally for finding the best way to utilize my time and still get really good results. And the tree companies around here will give free mulch. I like the dense plantings and building up the soil in Jeavon's method because I don't have a lot of land, denser plantings really are what I'd need, and well, Solomon's method on the surface makes sense but I really haven't read the whole book, so I can't say too much yet.
What gardening method do you REALLY think makes more sense in preparing for a TSHTF scenario? No store-bought amendments, no this, no that... only what is handy and can be composted. And that water question, how do you think water figures in... the more I think about this the more I think about Back to Eden.
Edited by LaBellaVita, 28 November 2011 - 06:28 PM.