The Simple Garden is the latest addition to the series of family scale trial gardens within the RED Gardens Project. Unlike the other gardens which generally follow broadly accepted and reasonably…

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  1. Great Video as always. I actually always grow like your simple bed here in Tullamore, but instead of the squash we have strawberry’s and the rest is exactly the same. Do you save your own seed or do you have to buy stock in every year? Because that’s a lot of carrot seed.
    Keep up the great vids they are thoroughly enjoyed.

  2. Thank you for the video, beautiful images of your garden. Do you film with a drone for those beautiful images? I do try different options for gardening as well. But why would't it be better to grow cover crops during the winter?

  3. I have currently a full time job and am looking to buy a house with some land I can turn into a garden. This low work method would be a great start for someone with little time to invest in a garden but wants a bit of extra income from the land. Is this something you think someone with no experience with gardening can handle?

  4. Space is one thing I have in abundance; perhaps I should shift my mindset to a larger, easier garden, and not put as much effort into productivity per plant or per bed. One limiting factor is availability of water, though, as mid-summer can be very dry here in southern Maryland. I do have a few acres of woods, so perhaps generous applications of leaf mould each Spring would take care of that. Thanks, as always, for the great information!

  5. The difficulty I have found with these ground covers is they fray really quickly, and I'm forever pulling ribbons off it.

    Have you considered a geotexile permeable membrane instead?

  6. A very interesting part of your very interesting project! This style of gardening is a bit closer to conventional large scale vegetable growing, which seems like it might give it more of a commercial potential. If you want to grow a few staple crops in bulk, this system is probably pretty close to ideal for someone who doesn't want to go large scale and use heavy machinery.

    I notice you decided against beans at an early juncture. Many legumes have to be harvested as the individual pods reach the stage of maturity you want, but to tie in with the storage possibilities of the other crops in this garden…why not grow dry beans? There are many different species and innumerable varieties to choose from. Broad beans ought to work well for example, they can be left until all the pods are dry and harvested late during the season. They also don't require supports. Any dry bean would work, and would help some with nutrient management and cut down on the need to add fertility to the garden. Soup peas could also work. I'm sure they could replace the squash, which isn't really a staple crop for very many people in Europe anyway.

  7. It's a very nice looking, thriving garden. Are you familiar with Ruth Stout's way of gardening?It's pretty simple as well. I'm trying her method for potatoes this year. You just put them out on bare ground, you don't even plant them. You cover them with 8-12 inches of mulch (she liked rotting hay, I'm using leaves because that's what I have). you keep adding mulch as the plants grow. Pretty simple. She didn't even water her garden, but she lived in New England. In Texas, we have to water. Thanks for sharing your garden.

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