I have gardened for two years and read a few gardening books and articles but never heard of the French Intensive Biodynamic gardening method until I read the Postage Stamp Vegetable Garden. All of the garden books I’ve read and instructions on the seed packets always recommended planting seeds in row with enough spacing thus requiring a lot of land and not ideal in an urban area. This book offers new ideas to maximize space and produce the most amount of vegetables, a minimum of 200 pounds of vegetables with a 25-square-foot bed (5x5 feet) or even with small containers.
The principles behind the postage stamp method include: start with an initial super-boosting postage stamp soil mix, plant vegetables very closely together to save space, reduce watering, and eliminating weeds, utilize crop stretching techniques such as intercropping, succession planting, and vertical planting to maximize space, to water deeply and regularly but infrequently, and to use organic methods such as companion planting to avoid using pesticides. This book lays everything out and goes into great detail about how to do things organically. However, it also gives you the easier alternatives (like buying store organic fertilizer) if you don’t have time to create the postage stamp soil.
I was really excited to apply those principles to our raised garden beds as we’re preparing them for spring. Following the author's directions, I made a list of vegetables we like and the number of plants for each vegetable per family member and put my plan on paper using their spacing recommendations. Next I’ll be shopping for seeds and amending the soil. I will have an updated post with the result of my garden beds in a few months.
This book is a good read for gardeners who wish to weed, water, and work a lot less yet produce so much more. My only gripe is it has only a few illustrations for different size garden beds. It really needs color photographs to bring everything together. However, this book seems to be well thought out and have tips and tricks for any gardeners. I would recommend this book to both new gardeners and experienced ones.
*I received this book to review complementary of the publisher