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More ways to increase your food production

More ways to increase your food production

  1. Vertical Gardening: Vertical gardening is a space-saving technique that utilizes vertical structures to grow plants upward. Install trellises, arbors, or vertical gardening systems to support vining crops like cucumbers, peas, and beans. By growing vertically, you not only maximize your growing space but also increase the yield per square foot, resulting in a higher food production capacity.

  2. Companion Planting: Companion planting involves strategically pairing plants that benefit each other when grown in close proximity. Some plant combinations repel pests, while others enhance pollination or nutrient uptake. For example, planting marigolds near tomatoes helps deter nematodes, while growing basil near peppers improves their flavor and growth. By practicing companion planting, you can optimize plant health, reduce pest problems, and ultimately increase overall food production.

  3. Succession Planting: Succession planting involves staggering your planting schedule to ensure a continuous supply of fresh produce throughout the growing season. As soon as one crop is harvested, replant the area with a new crop that matures quickly. This method maximizes your garden's productivity by making the most of available space and extending the harvest period.

  4. Intensive Planting: Intensive planting refers to growing plants in closely spaced arrangements, effectively utilizing every inch of your garden bed. By reducing the space between plants, you can fit more plants in a given area, resulting in higher yields. However, be mindful of each plant's specific spacing requirements to avoid overcrowding and competition for resources.

  5. Extend the Growing Season: Prolonging the growing season allows you to cultivate crops for an extended period, increasing your overall food production. Consider using season-extending techniques such as cold frames, row covers, or greenhouses to protect plants from frost and provide a controlled environment. By starting seeds early indoors or using techniques like succession planting, you can enjoy fresh produce even during cooler seasons.

  6. Soil Improvement: Healthy soil is the foundation for productive gardens. Improve your soil fertility by regularly adding organic matter such as compost, aged manure, or cover crops. These additions enhance nutrient content, improve soil structure, and promote beneficial microbial activity. Healthy soil supports robust plant growth, leading to increased food production.

  7. Utilize Container Gardening: Container gardening offers flexibility and enables you to grow plants in small spaces such as balconies, patios, or windowsills. Utilize containers of various sizes to grow herbs, vegetables, and even dwarf fruit trees. Container gardening allows for easy mobility, provides better control over growing conditions, and expands your food production possibilities.

  8. Efficient Watering: Water management is crucial for maximizing food production. Use efficient watering techniques such as drip irrigation or soaker hoses to deliver water directly to the plant roots, minimizing waste through evaporation or runoff. Mulching around plants helps retain moisture, reduces weed competition, and conserves water. Proper watering practices ensure optimal plant health and productivity

Tips to increase your food security

In our last blog, we started with a few tips about creating the best environment for quicker food production. In this issue, we’ll cover watering, air circulation needs, and growing methods that make the most of your space. We plan to follow up soon with a list of quickest growing fruits and vegetables, and recommendations on companion planting for increased yields. Stay tuned to our blog– you won’t want to miss an issue! Helping everyone to have their own food security is at the top of our list during this time of such uncertainty.

Watering for food production

Water is vital for fast plant growth. Water transports vital nutrients from the root system throughout the plant. Different plants and even different varieties of the same species can have different water requirements. When planning your garden, grouping plants with similar watering needs can save time and energy spent tending your crop.


Outdoor conditions sometimes cause root and vine diseases during rainy weather. Containers, raised beds, and prepared soil for planting in rows should have adequate drainage to avoid root rot and other diseases that can damage plants.

In the greenhouse, drip irrigation, misting systems, and even ebb and flow hydroponic benches can boost your growing efforts by bringing water to your plants on a regular schedule. You can also utilize these same systems to deliver nutrients and to control temperature and humidity.

Air Circulation for faster growth

Plants need air for proper photosynthesis. Above soil level, leaves convert carbon dioxide in the air into sugars and starches, which feed the plant. Good air circulation means a well-fed plant. Below the surface, roots gain oxygen from watering, and send nutrients to the main body of the plant.

In a greenhouse, circulation fans for proper airflow are vital to increasing growth and producing healthy plants. Properly placed fans will eliminate hot and cold spots in the greenhouse, keep humidity levels low and even, and keep gasses in the air more homogenized.

During the process of photosynthesis, carbon dioxide is depleted in the air nearest to plant leaves. With proper air flow, new carbon dioxide is moved to each plant with regularity, ensuring continual growth.

Growing methods for increase food production

Typical planting methods are tried and true, but changing the way you grow can have a big impact on your overall production.

Vertical Growing

Vertical growing is a very easy way to make the most of your gardening space, whether you have a greenhouse, a balcony full of containers, a full garden plot, or even a corner of your sunroom to grow in.

There are many benefits to growing food vertically. In addition to increasing your valuable garden space, you’ll reduce common pests and decrease the instance of disease. Harvesting is easier (more veggies at eye level instead of on the ground!), and your plants can thrive closer together, which can significantly increase your yield.

Vining plants like tomatoes, cucumbers, peas, pole beans, and smaller squashes and melons are wonderful choices for vertical growing. A trellis or a teepee- like supporting structure works well for these. There is even a variety of climbing spinach you can grow this way, called Malabar spinach!


Spreading vine plants like sweet potatoes, grapes, kiwis, larger melons, pumpkins, and other large squashes can be grown in containers or bags, and trained up and out over arbors. This will also help with plants prone to vine rot. You can plant herbs and veggies that prefer less sun underneath these arbor, to receive more filtered sunlight.

Peppers and most cruciferous vegetables do well in vertical garden walls, and fast-growing microgreens are extremely easy to proliferate in vertical shelves. Microgreens, indoors and out, will produce over and over in a matter of weeks with full sunlight or supplemental lights.

Hydroponic and aquaponic growing


Hydroponic and aquaponic growing methods are also excellent choices for rapid fruit and vegetable production. Nutrients are delivered directly to the roots of your growing plants, water is delivered and circulated for immediate use, and pests and disease are rare with these set-ups.


Intensive Planting

With a method called intensive planting, rather than growing in spaced rows with walkways between, the garden is divided into rectangles as wide as your reach is from each side. The plants are sown very close together. Every square inch of growing space is covered by a canopy of plants, with walking space only around the outside edges.

With foliage shading the soil, weed growth and moisture evaporation are slowed. Avoid over-crowding; ideally you want leaves of each plant to just barely touch when they reach harvest size. Be sure each plant gets sufficient sunlight, nutrients, and water. This method is effective both in raised beds and in traditional in-ground gardens.

Feeding Your Family from Garden to Table

Planning food production for your family is a big undertaking, but armed with knowledge and tools for success, growing fruits and vegetables can be a fast and fulfilling endeavor. Stay tuned to our blog series, as we aim to increase your know-how and grower confidence. Happy growing!