9 Features of High Yield Gardens (Part 2)

Display of Herbs and Asian Vegetables

This is the second part of a two part series. See 9 Features of High Yield Gardens (Part 1).

6. Develop a year-round growing plan
Year round food production in northern climates does not need to be complicated or expensive. Learn to use simple season extension techniques such as row covers and cold tolerant crops to extend the outdoor garden season. Setup and use a simple indoor light garden to produce seedlings and/or indoor greens and herbs.

7. Utilize vertical space wherever possible
Vertical growing can be anything from crops grown on simple tomato cages to complex wall mounted systems. Start by keeping it simple. A container or growing bed with vertical supports made from bamboo posts is a good place to start.

8. Maximize soil health and productivity through composting
Learn about, then setup, a simple composting system and use it to deal with the “yard waste” (plant residues, tree leaves, trimmings etc.) generated in your garden. As you get comfortable with the composting process, try using a worm bin to deal with corrugated cardboard, office paper and your kitchen scraps.
9. Incorporate livestock
Animals add an important component to any garden from compost ingredients to food or pollination services but again, keep it simple. Animals for the small space urban garden could mean anything from composting redworms to chickens, rabbits, quail, bees or even feral cats to keep rodents and rabbits away.