John Jevons,
John Jevons,

Repair Soil, Increase Yield, Save Water, Save Money, with Biointensive Gardening

If you could grow 2-6 times more produce and use less water, wouldn’t you want to? No brainer, obvious “YES”, right?

Biointensive gardening is the buzzword in gardening these days, but what is biointensive gardening and what does it mean?

What is Biointensive Gardening?

Have you noticed how things come and go in cycles? It makes sense. That’s nature and it’s just the nature of the spiral of life and growth, where we encounter similar experiences, but on a different turn of the spiral journey through seasons and through experiences.

Biointensive gardening is one of those things. It’s an ancient practice made new again. Societally, while we may be making mistakes that show we haven’t—as a civilization—learned the lessons of Rome, there are things we are bringing forth from the past that are good, and biointensive gardening is one of those.


The Origins of Biointensive Gardening — Biodynamic Weds French Intensive

The origins of Biointensive Gardening trace back to the ancient Chinese, Greeks, Mayans, and of the Early Modern period in Europe, as well as in West Africa, from at least the late 18th century.1)

English Master Gardener, Alan Chadwick, (July 27, 1909 – May 25, 1980), brought together the biodynamic and French intensive gardening methods, as well as his own unique approach, to form what he called the Biodynamic-French Intensive method. Today this is most often shortened to “biointensive”.

The method was further developed by John Jeavons and Ecology Action2) a sustainable 8-step food-raising method officially known as “GROW BIOINTENSIVE® Sustainable Mini-Farming”.3)

The timing is excellent for the reintroduction of biointensive gardening.

There is much need today, as well as much interest in becoming more self sufficient—and healthier—by growing more of our own food.

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