Growing vegetables according to John Jevons - an unprecedented harvest
The best methods for improving the growth of vegetables are those based on natural ingredients. And this proves the experience of American farmers. Often, the owners of vegetable gardens believe that if you confine yourself to one or two cultures and give them maximum attention, you can achieve excellent results and collect a rich harvest. However, farmer John Javons is a supporter of the exact opposite method.
He owns almost 60 beds with different cultures, with a minimum of attention. No weeding, spraying pesticides or taking care of each bush. And all thanks to a unique method developed by a farmer from the USA.
The technology of high yield is based on active participation in the process of growing aerobic and anaerobic bacteria. This method was entitled by Jevons as a bio-intensive and given to the central place in the book "How to grow more vegetables than you can imagine, on a site less than you think."The book contains personal observations and experience of the author, as well as data obtained by Japanese and Russian scientists in growing cucumbers with the help of bacteria.
The results that Jevons leads in his book are simply unbelievable. It is, of course, about high-yielding varieties planted in relatively warm climates.
However, according to the developer of the methodology, such indicators can be achieved in even a temperate climate.
How to get overtime?
To achieve high results, you do not need to radically change the system of work in the garden. It is enough to follow the advice from the book of Jevons.
Here are the main ones:
Planted plants need in the same time frame as recommended for your area. It does not matter, seeds or seedlings will be planted;
you need to arrange plants in a staggered manner, then the distance from the stem to the stem and from the fossa to the fossa will be the same. The wells are scooped out at the distance indicated in the table.
on experimental plots in Japan and near Moscow, a crop of cucumbers was obtained, 1.7 times higher than the average. The consumption of microorganisms in this case was no more than 1 tbsp. l. 10 liters of water.
To combat the powdery mildew, phytophthora, anthracnose and rot use a special solution of mullein. The 1/3 bucket is filled with a mullein and 2/3 with ordinary water. The structure wanders for 5-7 days. After that, milk production wastes are added to it - buttermilk, reverse and whey, hay for 2/3 of the bucket and 1/3 of water. After that, humus is introduced to the beds.
Break the plot into beds and walkways. The width of the beds is 1.2 m, and the tracks are no more than 0.5 m. Planting take place across the beds and you cannot enter them anymore. Put a layer of humus 5-7 cm thick on the bed, then dig it “on the bayonet” and remove the excavated soil. Then repeat the procedure, that is, once again pour in the humus, dig and then pour in a layer extracted for the first time.
Unexpected Effects from Feeding
Aerobic bacteria live on the surface, not deeper than 5 cm from the ground level. Due to their activity in spring, maximum efficiency is achieved, since the plant does not spend its energy on the fight against phytophthora, powdery mildew and other diseases.
However, even greater effect can be achieved by ordinary liming.As it turned out, the introduction of lime does not just change the acidity (pH level) of the soil, it changes its composition. For many weeds (like lice), the change in the habitual environment is disastrous and they disappear. The soil remains loose for several years, since air and water penetrate into it without restrictions on the depth to 1 m.
Jevons found another interesting point. If a small amount of water is introduced under the root of a plant to a depth of 15–20 cm, it will cause moisture to rise from the depths of the earth. Thus, there is practically no need for surface irrigation - a sufficient amount of liquid plants will receive from the depths and from the root introduction.
Practical application of the Jevons method
So, in order to increase the yield on your site, you need to follow a few recommendations.
- From autumn to limestone the whole garden. The rains will moisten the soil abundantly, in winter the moisture will freeze and due to expansion will create additional cavities. In spring, the liquid thaws, and the soil remains loose.
- In the spring, aerobic microbes and worms are activated, which enhance the loose effect at depths of up to 1 m.
- Compost is harvested from spring to autumn from any organic waste. Additionally, it can be treated with microbial solution, which is sold in the store. For irrigation in a 10-liter bucket of water is added 1 tbsp. l. microbial solution.
Microbes die from solutions of salts, acids and alkalis. Therefore, fertilizing will have to be forgotten about fertilizing.
But completely without the "chemistry" to grow vegetables is difficult. There remains the option of foliar feeding - on the leaves. The recommended dose should be reduced 3-4 times, so as not to burn the leaves. For example, in the ratio of 0.5 liters of fertilizer to 10 liters of water.
Now consider the application of Jevons technology with specific examples:
- Garlic.Processed and prepared garlic is planted in September in accordance with the lunar calendar. In the spring, row spacing is loosened with a flat cutter and foliar dressing is introduced 3-4 times with 3 day intervals. After the garlic has gone to growth, the soil is watered with a microbial solution. Each subsequent watering takes place as needed, but always with a solution with bacteria. About a week before the final ripening, the garlic is dug, dried in the shade, the roots and tops are cut off.
- Strawberry.The plantation is planted in the fall.Foliar fertilizers were applied three times: after the final snow melt, before and during flowering.
- Potatoes.The seed material is treated and germinated. In a landing hole make a handful of compost and 1 tbsp. l. wood ash. Large potatoes are cut into stakes to get 2-3 sprouts. On the shallow do incision, but not to the end, to form more shoots. Onion and make onion peel, and the preparation for preplant treatment.
After planting the potatoes, the entire surface is watered with a microbial solution. The Colorado potato beetle is harvested by hand and periodically irrigated with a microbial solution.
The secret of microbial composition
The basic working microbial composition is prepared as follows:
- in 1 liter of serum, dissolve 1 tsp. spoonful of sour cream;
- in 1 liter of water (any, except from under the tap) make 1 tbsp. l. honey;
- both formulations are mixed and water is added to make 10 l of the solution;
- To improve the activity of microbes, 10 g of yeast can be added;
- Glass, wooden or plastic containers are stored in places devoid of light.
- Infused composition of about two weeks. The finished solution contribute as needed.
These are not all the secrets of Jevons technology, but even they are enough to change the usual look at the methods of growing plants.The natural combination of "bacteria + plants" is able to give an unprecedented harvest.
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