Dateline: 6 March 2018
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One year ago, I published my 27-page Minibeds-on-Plastic Report #1. That report detailed the history, the foundational theory, and the hands-on framework for a systematic new way of gardening.
In the spring of 2017 I put theory into practice when I started a multi-year Minibed experimental garden. My first year of Minibed Gardening was not a total success, but pretty close. I had some of the nicest garden crops (with the least gardening hassles) that I've ever had. And I've been gardening for nearly 40 years. In short, the system proved itself, and I can't wait to get started with this year's Minibed garden.
Some people think that Minibed Gardening is nothing more than using black plastic mulch. And they think that Minibeds will yield mini harvests. Both of those views are total misconceptions. If you want to have a better-informed idea of what the Minibed Gardening system is all about, please check out this link: Highlights of The Minibed Gardening System.
After my first year of Minibed Gardening, I'm persuaded that there is no other home gardening paradigm that is so smartly-integrated, manageable, and downright satisfying. I dare say, when word of this gardening system gets out there, and more people realize how well it works, it's going to become very popular.
That isn't to say that I think Minibed Gardening is the best solution for every home garden situation, because it isn't. But it's a joy to garden with Minibeds, and if the highlights of the system resonate with you, then check it out. It may prove to be the best gardening decision you've made in your life. With that in mind, I've put a great Minibed Gardening information package together for you.
Specifically, I've put last year's report (pictured below) and this year's report (pictured at top) together into a double Minibed Gardening Report. It amounts to 100 pages, 200 pictures, and whole lotta good gardening sense.
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I like to think of these combined reports as the next best thing to visiting me in my Minibed garden, where we have a wide ranging discussion about gardening in general, and Minibeds in particular.
Report #1 is 27 pages long. As I've already mentioned, it presents the fundamentals of my system, and tells the story of how I came to develop it (with profound thanks to Thomas E. Doyle).
Report #2 is the meat-and-potaotes report. I could have easily made it more than 70 pages long after my first year of Minibed Gardening, but 70 pages is enough to really get you into the Minibed Gardening mindset (and off to a great start with your own Minibed garden). Here are some details...
Report #2 has 106 topic-specific "Bits," which are like mini chapters. First, I evaluate the status of the plastic mulch and other components of my now-one-year-old experimental garden. Then I delve into the question of whether or not black plastic mulch is safe to use in an organic garden.
I tell you about Will Bonsall's cover-the-earth fertility phenomenon, and the 1876 farming book where he learned about it. I expand on the importance of healthy soil biology for gardening success, and how to properly care for your microherd.
I discuss the cover crops I used in my 2017 experimental garden, and the specific fertilizers I use (including Minibed dosages). I tell you about the organic-approved, bioinsecticide I used (my first-ever insect spray).
I provide a 4-part lesson about hybrid seeds, and explain the legitimate reasons why some people hate hybrid seeds. But I also clear up some widespread misconceptions about hybrids, and tell why I love hybrid seeds (but I love non-hybrids too!).
I explain my routine for between-crop bed prep, minibed hoop cloches, corner planting, template planting, circle planting, catproofing, seed-starting, transplanting, and undercover mulching.
And, of course, I provide detailed information (with photos) about planting schemes, with results for numerous vegetables, including...
Tomatoes, onions (potato, pearl, and storage), bush beans, peppers, cabbage, ground cherry, melons, celery, broccoli, Brussel's sprouts, cucumbers, summer squash (yellow and zucchini), New Zealand spinach, beets, carrots, parsley, garlic, strawberries, watermelon radishes, and potatoes.
There's more in there, but I'm sure you get the idea.
Both Minibed reports have been combined into a single 100-page PDF download (10MB in size).
One of the great things about a PDF file is that the PDF viewer on your computer will allow you to really zoom in on the pictures. The other nice thing is that you'll find clickable links in Report #2 for all kinds of internet resources, including my Minibed Gardening videos on YouTube.
You can get this downloadable PDF right now by simply clicking the "Buy Now" button below. After you complete your payment, you will receive a download link via e-mail. It all happens automatically. If you have any problem with the pdf download, don't hesitate to contact me: herrick@PlanetWhizbang.com
Yours truly for Minibed Gardening satisfaction,
P.S. If you aren't completely satisfied with my Minibed Gardening PDF information package, just let me know and I'll promptly refund your payment. But.... if you are inspired and pleased with the gardening system I present to you in this report, I sure would appreciate it if you let your social media gardening friends know about it. And I thank you for that!