As one of the first blog posts for our garden project, I wanted to highlight exactly what is GROW BIOINTENSIVE (“GB”). Maybe people ask what makes our farming method unique and how it differs from other farming methods … so, here we go!
8 PRINCIPLES OF GROW BIOINTENSIVE
There are 8 main principles that really distinguish GB from other intensive-planting methods.
1. Deep Soil Preparation
In GB, we prepare our soil to a depth of 24”. This is quite unique. Conventional farming methods typically loosen the soil to a depth of 6-8”, on average. Why do we loosen soil? For aeration. Yes, air. A soil with good soil structure is composed of 50% air! In order to do this, we double dig our beds. What is double digging you ask? Well that’s an entirely different blog topic … But it’s a process of manually digging / loosening the soil in your beds to 24”. This allows us to aerate the soil up to 4x as deep as conventional farming and means the roots of our plants can access more nutrients, hold more water and generally have more room to grow. More roots = more plant. This is one of the ways in which we are able to produce exceptionally high yields in such a small space, which is a characteristic of the GB method.
For all you homesteaders-at-heart… we, at Common Ground Garden, are rolling out our first blogs.
When I tromped through our garden a few weeks ago, I found some of our threshed quinoa had been rained on and thus sprouted. So I decided to make it into bread. I guess it’d be appropriate to say: When in doubt, use the sprout!
As a quick aside, bread is easy to make. It just takes time to rise. So if you can count, and you have patience, you can bake your own bread. In comparison to store-bought bread, homemade bread is healthier for your body and cheaper on your budget.