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Maximize Your Harvest Despite Limited Time, Space and Energy
Date:5/7/2013

Milwaukee, WI (PRWEB) May 07, 2013

Increasing a garden’s productivity even when space, time and energy are limited is easier than you think says gardening expert Melinda Myers. Myers recommends the following planting, maintenance and harvesting techniques for effectively creating a more bountiful harvest this season.

Maximize planting space with wider rows. Leave just enough room for plants to reach their maximum size. Make wide rows, 4 to 5 feet wide, so it’s easy to reach all plants for maintenance and harvest. Minimizing walkways means more planting space.

Try interplanting crops. Grow short season crops like lettuce and radishes between long season crops like cabbage, tomatoes and peppers. The short season crops will be ready to harvest when the long season crops are reaching mature size. Gardeners will double their harvest and grow more vegetables, not weeds between longer season plants.

Grow more plants per row with succession planting. Start the season with cool season vegetables like lettuce and spinach. Once these are harvested and temperatures warm, replace with beans and onions. Harvest these and plant a fall crop of radishes or lettuce.

When using these intensive planting techniques, be sure to incorporate a low nitrogen slow release fertilizer, like Milorganite, at the start of the season. Then add a mid-season nutrient boost if needed. The slow release nitrogen won’t burn plants even during the hot dry weather of summer. Plus, it won’t interfere with flowering or fruiting.

Go vertical. Train vine crops up decorative or functional trellises and supports. Not only will this save space, but it will also reduce disease problems and increase the harvest. Growing cucumbers and melons increase light penetration and air flow, reducing the risk of fungal diseases. Pole beans are much easier to harvest and
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