Today I review a book, some consider THE book, on bio-intensive gardening. The book is called How to Grow More Vegetables and Fruits (and Fruits, Nuts, Berries, Grains, and Other Crops) Than You Ever Thought Possible on Less Land Than You Can Imagine by John Jeavons.
The bio-intensive method is a way to plant your garden beds to create a “living mulch” of densely planted crops, the goal is to maximize yields while minimizing inputs and labor. Square foot gardening is one example of one particular type of bio-intensive planting method.
This video sums up the method very well:
How To Grow More Vegetables differs from Square Foot Gardening in that you start and maintain your garden beds using your own soil which you prepare using the “double dig” method which is outlined in the book.