|Bio-Intensive Approach to Small-Scale Household Food Production (IIRR, 1993, 180 p.)|
|Starting a biointensive garden|
TOTAL AREA: 400-500 sq ft (35 - 45 sq m)
OUTPUT: 3-6 Ibs (1 - 2.5 kg) per day for 300 days
1. Orient the rows in an east-west direction to avoid shading of the crops by the trellis.
2. Beds should not be more than 1.5 m wide to permit working on either side-of the bed without trampling on it (thus avoiding compaction).
3. Each bed should be intensively planted. It should preferably contain at least one of each of the following categories: leaf, root, legume and fruit-bearing vegetables.
4. Aromatic herbs should be intercropped in between vegetables to repel insects.