One thing I have learned with over 50 years of gardening experience is that one way of gardening doesn’t work for everyone. If you have a large space or a smaller area to garden, there is a garden solution for everyone. I was thinking about how many gardening techniques are used in the world and I wanted to share with you a few that I find interesting. Go ahead and read through this guide to discover which gardening technique may be right for you.
Do you love gardening, but live in an arid climate that makes it difficult to grow things? Or maybe it seems that you are continually having to water your plants more than what you think is normal? Core gardening may be the right gardening technique for you.
For this one, you will build a raised garden bed, lay on top a few inches of soil, and then you’ll dig a trench down the middle of your garden (at least 8 to 10 inches deep). This is where you will add your core (straw) which will then work like a sponge.
Doing this will retain moisture much longer, and that will prove valuable as the plants used in your garden will need the moisture to germinate and grow. Cover the core with several inches of quality soil and then plant directly over it.
A keyhole garden is a raised garden bed that’s built with a circular design, including a path that leads to the center. This is what makes it resemble a skeleton keyhole. In the middle of the garden bed, there’s also a compost pile that’s held in place with a wire mesh “cage.”
The gardener will then water the compost pile, and then the nutrients and moisture will seep out into the rest of the garden bed.
This gardening method is ideal for drier areas, along with regions that don’t have great soil quality. In my opinion, it’s one of the best techniques to use that will give you a greater crop yield than what traditional gardening would ever be able to do.
Conventional gardening is becoming less and less popular these days, especially because more gardeners are making the switch by choosing to go organic.
Some of my readers may frown upon me even mentioning this gardening practice, but it’s a gardening technique nonetheless. This one uses pesticides and chemical fertilizers to handle pests and weeds. This means less time and labor for the gardener as they tend their plants during the growing process.
When you choose to do organic gardening, you are choosing to garden without any fertilizers or pesticides. In 2021, more people are choosing an organic approach and that is okay! Instead of using chemicals that are made by man, someone may choose to use a more natural form of weed and bug treatments.
Are you someone that doesn’t like to get your hands dirty? With this gardening technique you won’t be required to do any tilling in the dirt. Instead, you will plant your crop seeds or starters directly into straw bales.
Keep in mind that when using this method there is a conditioning period where you will have to wait before you start planting. But once your straw bales are ready to go, you’ll notice that you won’t have to water or fertilize as often. Here’s how to condition your bales and more on starting a straw bale garden.
If you are thinking you’d like to try out a different and unique gardening technique, then Biodynamic Gardening may be the approach you’re looking for. This type of gardening is thanks to scientist Dr. Rudolf Steiner. The approach behind this garden is that the entire garden is a whole, living organism. All elements of the garden include:
- The spirit of the place
Each element is nurtured and harmonized. When someone is doing biodynamic gardening, they are focused on the garden as a whole.
Not to get your hopes up, but you will not be growing lasagna in this garden. This is one of those gardening techniques that isn’t what you are growing, but how you are growing things within your garden. With lasagna gardening, you will add various layers (like lasagna) of organic materials that will break down over time. When you use this technique, you are getting a garden that has nutrient-rich soil. The very best soil is going to help your plants and veggies grow like a dream.
I feel as though the word hydroponics is a fancy word in the gardening world that most of us don’t know much about, but it’s not really. This gardening technique is very popular because you are growing plants without any soil. Instead, you use various materials to help support the root of the plant. To put it very simply, you are using water to grow crops in water that is nutrient-rich.
Square Foot Gardening
Are you looking for new gardening techniques? Square foot gardening may be for you! Essentially, you are going to create a small organized garden. The most traditional place to grow produce in square foot gardening is (4 feet by 4 feet, or 4 feet by 8 feet). You are going to create 1- foot squares within the garden.
Matt sen me pictures of his garden. He cut barrels and they are rocking with vegetables! I LOVE LOVE LOVE this picture.
Other Forms of Gardening Worth Checking Out:
Perhaps the best part about gardening is that there are many forms or options, depending on your specific circumstances. You don’t have to choose only one of these gardening techniques. You can try a few out, just to see which one works best for your garden and lifestyle.
Some people will say that gardening isn’t right for them. But, what if it is? One of these gardening techniques is bound to work for you. The big question is: which one is right for you? Use this guide as a way to help you figure out which technique will help YOU grow the best garden possible. May God Bless this world, Linda.