In short, throw them around.
We’ve got a lot of expired seed packages sitting in a shoe box. And I’ve been reading a newly published translation of a book by the late, “natural farmer” Masanobu Fukuoka (review coming soon). Fukuoka inspired me to distribute those old seeds around our micro-orchard to see what comes up.
Fukuoka has some tips in his book The Natural Way of Farming for creating a semi-wild vegetable garden:
- Include nitrogen fixers (in my case some clover seeds)
- Use daikon and other radishes to break up hard soil
- Sow before weeds emerge
Scott Kleinrock has used the same strategy at the Huntington Gardens. Here’s what his semi-wild vegetable garden, growing in the understory of some small fruit trees, looked like in January of this year:
And there you have it–vegetable gardening with a fraction of the work.