- Three-foot wide growing beds to enable easy cultivation from each side.
- Four strands of drip irrigation tubing the length of the beds for thorough moistening.
- Bent PVC pipes to support cloth protection against pests and chill.
- Colored PVC-pipe-and-netting frames protecting crops from larger critters like rabbits that are easy to lift and shift position.
- Garlic planted 5 inches apart to allow full-sized heads to develop.
- Herbs allowed to blossom to attract beneficial insects.
- New sheeting product that’s graded by the size of the specific insect intended to keep out.
- In-bed overwintering green manure cover crop, to be weed-whacked and left in place to decompose several weeks prior to planting.
- Natural-stream pond kept aerated to provide irrigation water.
- Huecheras in container with chicken collection.
Renee Shepherd, depended upon by gardeners everywhere for her Renee’s Garden Seeds - http://www.reneesgarden.com/ - actually trials every single one of her seed varieties in her garden near the office in Felton near Santa Cruz, CA, and in other locations around the country. I recently visited her Felton growing grounds and was thoroughly impressed with the quantity and quality of the beds, plants, and techniques. Here are some bits for you to adopt or adapt for your own garden.