French Intensive Gardening

Discussion in 'Gardening and Agriculture' started by Magi, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. Magi

    Magi Active Member

    Has anyone ever tried this technique? How did it work out for you?
  2. Herbalpagan

    Herbalpagan Well-Known Member

    I use a method similar to this and it works absolutely fantastic!
    I have raised beds now, but I have used it using wide rows. My beds are 4' wide (the length doesn't matter) and I plant my seeds equa-distant...if beans are to be thinned down to 4" between plants and 18" between rows as stated on the packet, I plant them 4" apart in all directions. I do this with all my plants and I have never had a bit of problems. It makes it easy to customize your beds (some want more acid or more alkaline soil), you can almost eliminate weeding once the plants are up a bit (they shade out most weeds), and the soil doesn't get compacted from walking on it. I think it also makes it easy to harvest and repeat sow (follow one crop with another).
    It can be a bit hard to do with things like squash and cukes because of how much space they take up, but if you can trellis the cukes, it works the same. :D