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the Grow Biointensive System of growing food

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John Jeavons has carried on the French biointensive system of agriculture that we love. I came across an expert trainer from Willits back in 2008 who gave me two of his books and a dvd that shaped how I look at growing food. I am not as big a proponent of double digging – it’s hard and disruptive to the soil biology, but if you need some food fast it may be a great first pass.  Here are 13 great videos from the man himself.

When I was starting I wish someone had pointed me to Jeavons free text [here] and pointers to his videos:  Have fun

Session 1: GROW BIOINTENSIVE: A Beginner’s Guide — Introduction – YouTube.

2. Growing Seedlings

3. Bed prep part 1

4. Bed prep 2

5. Transplanting

6. Composting part 1

7. Composting part 2

8. Harvesting part 1

9. Harvesting part 2

10. Saving Seeds

11. Choosing your crops part 1

12. Choosing your crops part 2

13. Maintaining your garden

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Author: Mark Rice

I’m a UC Master Gardener with a huge interest in growing my own food, beekeeping, medicinal herbs and living sustainably. I also have a passion to share these journeys with like minded souls. I work with many off site communities and manage an educational organization and two outdoor learning facilities.

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